the age of nine, she had excelled in her craft and actually needed her parents' permission to draw nudes, she said.
After establishing herself, she traveled to Paris and ended up in Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny.
"I became the protégé of Gerald Van der Camp, the curator-in-chief of Louix XIV's palace at Versaillles and the man who saved the Mona Lisa, during World War II," Nadeau said during an interview with The Park Record. "I visited Monet's Garden and it was a day visit as a guest of Gerald Van der Camp, and I ended up staying for 10 years."
Van der Camp liked Nadeau's style.
"He said it was very impressionistic, but personally, I think I paint from a passion that I had since I was a child," she said.
Nadeau will share that passion tonight when she paints live during a performance by the Salt Lake Symphony called "Sound & Light" at Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah campus. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is a fundraiser for Zahra Charity, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake that provides neuro-rehabilitation research and care in Morocco and Utah.
The Symphony, directed by Robert Baldwin, will perform "Russian Easter Overture" by Rimsky-Korsakov, Purcell's Chacony for Strings in G Minor, Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor and Respighi's "Roman Festivals," while Nadeau paints whatever comes to her mind.
"Painting and expressing anything on canvas is my whole life," she said.
The idea for the music and visual collaboration stems from a couple of events she did a few years ago.
"I painted live for the Royal Family of Servia in New York and painted for the 100th anniversary of Legal Aid for the State of Maryland," she said. "I've painted Harry Belafonté's portrait this year while he was delivering a speech about human rights in Baltimore and I painted to a chamber orchestra in Montreal.
"There was just something about doing something with a full-sized symphony that would really be the ultimate thing to do," she said.
When she paints, Nadeau said the music just infiltrates her soul.
"I think the notes affect my body when I paint," she said. "My hand and my arm become like elastics and the whole motion of my arm goes with the music.
"Of course, my mind begins to think about negative and positive shapes, but my hand will transmit what my music brings along," Nadeau said. "It's not about a subject matter, but the full route."
Nadeau, who moved to Park City to be with her children and ski, thought the event would be a great fundraiser for the Zahra Charity.
"The gentleman who started the charity, Mohammad Sbia, watched his brother pass away from a brain injury because of the lack of care in Morocco," she said. "He watched as his brother was flown from one country to another for treatment, before he passed away. So, Mohammad wants to build a hospital in Morocco to prevent that from happening to others."
"Sound & Light," an musical and visual collaboration between the Salt Lake Symphony and painter Josee Nadeau, will be presented at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for preferred seating, $25 for general admission, $15 for students. Call (801) 807-4563 for tickets. For more information, visit www.zahracharity.org.