The journey that leads the artist to canvas is one through nature. As a
child he found himself scouring through fields and forest on the Côte de
Beaupré in the Québec region, sleeping under the stars, which he still does
when cycling and canoeing from the Eastern Townships to Cap Breton. In his
twenties, as a waterfowl hunter his territory expanded from Abitibi to Îles
aux Grues and to the Gaspesian Peninsula. Graven images were naturally
gathered throughout the kilometres roamed during his outdoor adventures.
Training retrievers introduced him to competitions where sculpted birds were
awarded as prize. These sculptures attracted him to pursue this art form for
approximately ten years. Art brought him to see nature in a different light
to the point where chisel and brush definitely replaced the rifle. He then
participated in national and international decoy sculpting championships
which won him a few ribbons. During the same period, his artwork was shown
in both galleries and symposiums.
His motivations to live in intimacy with nature would unavoidably nurture a
secret conviction: one day I shall be a painter!
The road traveled as a nature lover, hunter and sculptor brought along his
route various artists, namely Jean-Louis Courteau, also a hunter, with whom
he developed a friendship beyond all bounds. The former would become a
source of answers to his many queries, a critical eye, motivation when in
doubt, his mentor.
Claude Dorval portrays that anything is possible when driven by passion,
persistent toil and a determination to be better.