Hélène Léveillée was born in Montreal. She distinguished herself at a young age for her drawing talent, which won her numerous school prizes. She then went on to study under renowned teachers at the École des Beaux-Arts, where she mastered the techniques of charcoal, pastels, watercolours and oils.

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Inspired by nature, the change of seasons and rural landscapes, she is particularly interested in the plays of shadow and light, and in the bodily expressions of her characters.

A keen observer of everyday scenes, she is able to capture the simple moments in life. And as a well-known portrait painter, Hélène Léveillée has caught the essence of several figures on the Canadian political scene.