Josée is originally from Gaspé, Québec. She is the daughter of a cod fisherman and was raised by the ocean. After attending CEGEP(college) in her home town and receiving a diploma in special education, she left at 21 to sail for two years. Upon her return, she her partner decided that they want to go west. They flipped a coin. Vancouver or Whitehorse. Josée won and in 1996 they headed north. Time in the Yukon allowed her to pursue other passions and rekindled her zeal for silk painting. Today her silk artistry is known throughout the north. Josée now combines her love of fly fishing and uses fish skins to create one of a kind art work.
Her creative process starts at the river when she has her fly rod in her hand. For her fly fishing is art, and art touches deep places within her where no words exist. Being able to harvest her own food, tan the fish skins to make leather and create, gives her a sense of purpose and meaning. The same joy experienced while fishing is expressed through her dolls. It is beauty coming from a good place. Her life has come full circle: her childhood love of fishing has been perfected as an adult, and today she shows homage to fish in her creations.