My name is Patrick LaMontagne, and I’m a cartoonist, illustrator, and digital painter. Despite what a number of my former teachers declared with great certainty, apparently a person can make a living drawing and colouring pictures all day.
Having grown up as a Canadian Armed Forces ‘base brat,’ I spent much of my childhood living in West Germany, among other places, but in 1994, while in pursuit of a girl, I ended up in Banff.
After answering an ad in the Banff Crag and Canyon newspaper in 1997, I suddenly found myself with a weekly editorial cartoon. In 2001, I accepted the editorial cartoonist position with The Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper, the same year I became nationally syndicated. By 2005, I was a full-time cartoonist and illustrator, despite having never received any formal art training.
The detail and brushwork in my digital painting style has often been mistaken for traditional media, and although I’m fortunate to enjoy the majority of the art I work on, those whimsical animal paintings are what I enjoy most. Two of these digital paintings received Guru Awards at the 2010 Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas, one in the Illustration category and the other for Best in Show. As a consequence, I can now call myself an award-winning artist, but that would probably be arrogant, so I won’t. I have no objections if you do, though.
In case you were wondering, chasing that girl to Banff turned out pretty well, as she eventually stayed still long enough for me to marry her in 1995. Shonna and I continue our pursuit of happily ever after in Canmore, Alberta, surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.