The team behind KAMA PIGMENTS
president / founder
In 1994, he completed a college diploma in fine arts with honours at cegep Sainte-Foy in Québec where he is from. Subsequently, he undertook materials and methods training under the guidance of Terrance DePietro where he learned traditional techniques and uses of pigments. Once his apprenticeship was done, he decided to move to Montreal and started a business that would offer an alternative in the world of artist’s materials: Kama pigments.
At the same time, he studies physics and chemistry at the college level hoping he would make it to university one day (up to this day he still haven't had the time to go since Kama actually worked) and kept on painting by making his own paints, mediums and varnishes.
In the recent years, Vincent Deshaies has focused it's time in Research and Development, particularly in expanding the line of extra fine oil paint.
Both a devoted father and formidable marathoner and for better or worse, Vincent Deshaies is a true idealist that believes in a no-nonsense business model where honesty and generosity are rewarded with customer’s loyalty.
retail store manager
Artist and/or craftsman Emile considers himself as a self-taught, although Kama Pigment is for him a school and even more; a lifestyle.
Interested in all techniques and proficiency subject to the applications of traditional materials, the raw materials, especially botanical ones, are its exploration field. By the image but mostly by the object, he is passionate by investigating its transformations and its derivatives.
retail store customer service / production
Julia obtained her BFA in studio arts from Concordia University in 1990. After having worked for seven years in an art supply store, she reoriented her career towards the domain of telecommunications, where she worked as a trainer for thirteen years.
Now a member of the production team at Kama Pigments, Julia is pleased to be back in the domain that she is passionate about: artist materials! Her free time is divided between being a mom, painting, and sports.
retail store customer service
Eric Paulino is currently completing his BFA in Painting & Drawing at Concordia University. He works primarily in the figurative western tradition of painting.
Before pursuing an MFA he wants to expand his practice and obtain full knowledge on artist materials which Kama Pigments will be able to offer.
retail store customer service
Returning from the ground, after a short period inside the funeral bussiness Jonathan Guertin decided to finish his class in visuals arts that he started in Cegep at first.
He is actually finishing his last course in autumn. After he will go at Concordia to learn more things about the modern and old techniques of drawing. He also want to work on his oil paint technique at the same time to get rid of acrylic for good.
For the moment, he is working on his personal projects and he his very happy to work at Kama pigments because he is constantly learning a lot of things about the differents prepared or raw materials that can be used by the 21th century picky artist.
Antoine Paquin is a young artist who recently obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in French literature from the University of Ottawa. Now living in Montréal, he was selected to work at the Kama pigments retail store where continues to increase his knowledge of the different artist’s materials. After work, he continues his own artistic production in the media of painting and printmaking.
In the future, Antoine would like to go back to university and get his masters’ degree in visual arts and become a teacher to transmit his passion at the post-secondary level.
After studying painting, decoration and applied graphic design in France, Antoine continues his exploration of the visual arts through various collaborations and artistic projects. These projects mainly illustrations and animations make him experiment with new tools and graphics technologies.
In 2014, he left France to discover Quebec.
Now working at Kama Pigment, he discovers the creative culture of Quebec in a stimulating environment, deepening his knowledge of colors and unveiling the secrets of the manufacture of artists' materials.
Originally from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Olivier studied at the Cégep Lionel-Groulx in studio arts. It was his deep interest in the visual arts that brought him to Montreal in 2010. He continued his studies at UQAM and Concordia University, where he is presently completeing his BFA in painting and drawing.
As a painter, he is pleased to be working in the stimulating environment of Kama's warehouse, where his passion for artist materials grows each day.
Jennie Philpott is an emerging artist from Sussex, New Brunswick. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University in 2010.
After completing her degree, she moved to Montreal to discover its thriving arts scene and further pursue her career as a painter.
Jennie currently works at the Kama warehouse as part of the production team. She is excited to have a job that is involved within the field of art, enabling her to learn new things about art materials, see how products are made and work with other artists.
Through her assistance in producing art supplies, she is happy to know the outcome of her work provides artists with the materials to express their creativity.