Raynald Leclerc was born in Saint-Michel de Bellechasse in December, 1961. He spent his childhood in a colourful environment surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Québec, profoundly influenced by growing up next to the St. Lawrence River, watching the way the light moves in a thousand and one different ways. His paintings are a reflection of the freedom in the movement of shadow and light, and fill the viewer with wonder and longing for the nostalgic rural paradise, exuding comfort and well-being. A self-taught artist, in his early twenties he became an active member of the professional painters community after studying architecture at Levis-Lauzon CEGEP and working for a time as an industrial designer. Raynald Leclerc has been earning his living from his artwork for over 30 years.
Leclerc's audacious and intense impressionistic lyrical style is well known and highly respected, particularly in Québec. His artwork is often figurative, created using palette knives to manipulate shadow and light, full of rich and flavourful colour layered over a grey base coat of his own invention. The matter is pure, heavy pastes that are more juxtaposed than mixed. His spatula work on oils reflects his ability to capture light with a sense of harmony and expression, breathing life and authenticity to his artwork, which is both anchored in our reality and transcends it. His paintings often depict an architectural landscape whose multifaceted foregrounds beckon the viewer. Leclerc has been published in various art magazines such as "Investir dans les Oeuvres d'art", "Québec en Peinture", "Le Guide Vallée Édition II et III", and "Magazin' Art, vol.9 no 1". Raynald Leclerc's artwork is collected across Canada and internationally, and has been available for purchase at the West End Gallery since 2008.