My name is Françoise Véron Stamp, I am also known as Boise (pronounced "boo-aah-zeu"), which has been my nickname since I entered the National Fine Art School, in 1982, in Grenoble, France. I sign all of my art as “Boise”.
I am a freelance artist living in Vancouver where I moved from France in early 1990 until in 2002 I spent a lot of time living in various countries including France, the Netherlands, and the United States of America. I moved permanently back to Vancouver in 2002 and I am now a proud Canadian citizen.
I was born in the second highest village of the French Alps, la Grave la Meije (1550 meters), which is famous for alpinism and extreme skiing. My father was a mountain guide and my mother a ski instructor/nurse. I spent my childhood high up in the French Alps. For many years my parents managed an altitude hostel, where alpinists could find refuge from the harsh high alpine environment. No electricity, television or even a road to get there, my playroom was the fields, ridges and streams of the mountain and I used my imagination every moment of my young life. I also was instilled with a deep love for the earth as well as a powerful connection and respect for nature.
Because I had to live, be a mom, and a professional in a number of different countries, life settings, languages, traditions and life styles, I am a very versatile and adaptable person and I am always hungry to learn new things, develop new skills and as a result I can do and solve a lot of things.
The world around me, as it is, is full of wonders and I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the creative force of nature and the animal kingdom, the variety of people and their inventions, their emotions and their resilience.
I want to communicate through my art this sense of wonderment and I consider it my job to reflect on my canvas any subject I am compelled to paint, filtered through my eyes and yet remain faithful to its deep nature. From sceneries to people to animals or more “spiritual” representations, I want to draw, paint and design it all.
I have an array of influences: Early 20th century impressionists like Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Edward Manet, as well as Gorges Seurat the pointillist, and the Canadian icon, Emily Carr. I am also greatly inspired by the old Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and most importantly by modern graphic artists such as Hugo Pratt, Jean Giraud aka Moebius, Milo Manara, Francois Bourgeon, Norman Rockwell and Bill Watterson, to name a few.
I have permanent exhibitions at 2 of Vancouver's medicinal marijuana dispensaries (Cannpassion and Imedikate). I participated in the 2014 Vancouver Home and Design Show, Wreck Beach International Art Days, Art in the City in the West End, various other art events, and I have been represented on Art Bomb. I am currently working very hard at marketing my art, creating products out of it such as cards, T-shirts etc. and amongst other projects, I am working on a kid’sbook featuring my animal pointillism art for youngsters.
Please visit my website here.