Born in the medieval French city of Carcassonne, I spent my childhood in the lush Dordogne Valley in southwest France. My earliest and most vivid childhood memories are of walks through woods and fields with my family.
Both artists, my grandparents taught me how to see and capture the fleeting coolness of nature’s small quirky moments: a light or a juxtaposition of unexpected textures. They instilled in me this awe of nature’s vibrancy. These seminal experiences trained my eye to capture the warm chaos, the harmonies, emotions that move us through natural spaces, depths and colors.
Painting for me is an intuitive transcription of a wave of emotion that traverses me when I encounter a view that strikes my soul. These views often take the form of landscapes but I think of landscapes as a loose word for any type of horizon where subjects emerge and engage the onlooker. For me, in fact, each landscape, sometimes imagined, re-imagined, or even dreamed, is a window of experimentation with different materials, shapes, colors, and textures.
Painting is an opportunity to work out the puzzles that I see at the center of each composition as well as the ones in my soul. Reorganizing space, mixing colors as well as the physicality of applying paint are my way of practising mindfulness. Approach this state of lightness allows me to create timeless compositions that will bring serenity to art collectors. Art therapy and logotherapy are an extension of my visual work.
Cézanne, Paul Cérusier, Braque, Nicolas de Stael, Ansel Kiefer, Georgia O'Keefe, Peter Doig, Pierre Bonnard, Macke,Joseph Alpers, André Derain, Wolf Kahn, David Hockney, Maurice de Vlaminck, Elaine de Kooning, Miró , Alma Woodsey Thomas, Viktor Klemperer, Viktor Frankl.
I view each piece as a puzzle of the mind that keeps me enraptured in the moment, the duration of the painting. I like to work from memory when painting the beautiful landscapes that I have been fortunate to encounter. What interests me primarily is the active recomposition of each place that I have visited and loved. It often takes surprising turns but never fails to energize my use of colors and textures. I hope the viewer will enjoy these abstract recompositions and will re-imagine them with their own memories.