J.P. Lamarche was born in Ottawa, and received his BFA from the University of Ottawa. He has returned to painting after a hiatus brought about by travels, family, and work. Once a staunch large-scale abstractionist, he has changed in both approach and demeanor. Inspired by the soft touch and light of French Rococo painting, he has turned his interests to small-scale landscapes, and semi-figurative work. Full of light, colour, and occasional whimsy, his work endeavours to bridge the gap between confident brush strokes and restrained kitsch.