In 1980, at 42 years old, Horace Champagne's life was about to start anew. Leaving a successful business life in commercial art and advertising behind him, he boarded a plane for Western Canada, bringing with him 20 pastel paintings, all done on location in Québec. From the love of the outdoors, fly fishing in streams on lakes in Northern Québec and Ontario, the desire to express their beauty in all seasons, there became a need to put colour onto paper.
Educated in Montréal, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ottawa School of Art, in the U.S.A. with Charles Movalli, Rocky Neck Mass., and Daniel Green in North Salem, New York. Learning the basics for outdoor painting and from live models with Daniel Green.
Horace Champagne is named Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada.