Accession number: 1210
Date: September 1996
Measurements: 51 cm L x 40.5 cm W
Signature: Chiasson M.H.
Marks/Label: Painted in the lower right corner: Chiasson M.H.
Narrative: Marie-Hélène Chiasson, née Muise, was born at Ruisseau Creux, known today as La Grande Falaise, near Chéticamp in 1922. The area is part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Her family was involved in fishing and farming but eventually moved to New Waterford, Cape Breton in search of a better life. Marie-Hélène was thirteen at the time.
Marie-Hélène began painting at age forty-seven. She was immensely proud of her Acadian heritage and her paintings reflect both this and a love of the outdoors. In addition to her landscapes, Marie-Hélène has also completed still life and portrait pieces. Mostly self-taught, she has studied with John MacLellan, John Cooks, DeGarth, and Don Curley, in addition to others.
Her work has been exhibited at various galleries and museums in Cape Breton, including the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck and Les Trois Pignons in Chéticamp. Marie-Hélène's paintings have been purchased across North America and Europe. Her art has been presented to John Buchanan, former premier of Nova Scotia, and Edward Schreyer, former Governor General.
In addition to creating her own work, Marie-Hélène has taught arts and crafts to senior citizens and a sweater crochet design she developed was published in Canadian Living magazine.
In this work, Marie-Hélène has painted the Cabot Trail. Named after the explorer John Cabot, the trail is a scenic highway that passes through numerous communities in Inverness and Victoria Counties on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. The northern end of the route loops around the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Description: A painting of a road winding around a hill. Hills to the left and the ocean to the right. For a short distance, a white fence appears on the oceanside of the road. More land in the background. Sunset in the sky.