Formerly a Hopeless Alcoholic, Louis A. Boileau Paints Beautiful Little Still Lifes

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Louis A. Boileau, an admitted alcoholic who has not had a drink in twenty-three years, has settled into a painter’s life. Working in his garage, (because it’s the only place his wife allows him to smoke), he produces a painting a day, sometimes two, and posts them to his Web site and blog.

Louis says “I worked for over thirty years as a graphic designer and illustrator, drinking my way to the bottom of the heap. Bounced around from job-to-job as a truck driver, factory worker, and whatever else I could get. Then I thought, What am I doing? I’m better than this. People are always telling me I have so much talent that I should put it to good use. So now, sink or swim, I’ve committed myself to painting, the only thing I ever really wanted to do.”

Quitting his job as a truck driver, the 61 year-old Boileau began to paint in earnest. At first, just a few a week, but as time went by he began to produce a painting a day—and they continually got better and better. Next, he launched a Web site and blog to help with sales and was born.

“I had no idea I could reach so many people so fast!” he says. “The Web site has allowed me to sit in my garage here in Orangeville, happily painting and smoking, and the orders come in automatically! Every now and then, I have to get off my duff and do some wrapping and shipping, but this is the life for an artist! Gallery show? No way—that way I’d be just exposed to a few people—this way, I have the world!” he adds.

Sales have been brisk so far with most canvasses, being of a small size and selling at a reasonable $125 – $150 USD.

Says Boileau, “Sure beats the stories about artists starving in an attic—this is heaven!”


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