Members' Artists Statements
I try to capture the contrast between illuminated subjects and their surroundings, whether they are from abstract concepts or figurative images. And it is this interpreting of light that takes me to experiment with texture and colour.
The concept of illumination drives how I select the subjects to paint. It may be a sun-kissed body at the beach as the sun sets, or an abstract landscape enveloped in mist. My recent work expresses a deep understanding of value and color balance, which I use to capture real and imagined images.
I like to work both with acrylic and oil mediums, depending on the subject. In order to achieve the illusion of light I like to use texture to layer the painting from dark to light. With oil I can also achieve the same effect using a dry brush technique.
As an artist I like to add my own interpretation of things I see, and to create images that recall beauty.
My photography, painting and collage are inspired by a variety of landscapes, in particular my birth country, France, Mexico where I lived for some time, and my adopted country, Canada.
I always travel with my camera looking for revealing images and when I return to my studio I choose the pictures that best caught the mood or the spirit of a particular moment and place.
To share such moments with others I paint them with acrylics on canvas or create original collages with Japanese paper, transfers and other elements.
I have exhibited my photographs, paintings and collages in various galleries in Toronto, most frequently with Art Gala Forum.
One of my artworks figures in Frank Gehry’s private collection and several of my paintings have gone as far as Japan. I had my first Solo Show in November 2016.
Over the past few years I have been experimenting with various facets of painting. Through abstraction and using different techniques and mediums, I explore my imagination to give the viewer energy full of color and texture.
I have a passion for color, a desire to create. Through art is how I reflect my subconscious like memories of scenes and places when growing up. Different colors of hills with many changes of light are a great inspiration for my abstract work.
Using a diversity of painting methods, I work with both oil and acrylic mediums. Although I like the textures and intensity of the oil, the acrylic gives me the freedom to use all kinds of tools including my fingers, sometimes adding ink, letting it drip.
I enjoy the freedom of creating my own compositions, with my abstract themes, I give the viewer a beautiful world of excitement were they can use their imagination to take them to a magical place.
As far as I can remember, I have enjoyed painting. I credit both of my parents for my early love of art. My mother painted and my father who is a Geologist used to bring home fossils and stones which started a vivid interest for textures.
Abstract and figural expressionism provides a context for my artistic expressions which are inspired by hieroglyphs and fossils, a reference for simplified and two-dimensional natural forms.
In the last 10 years, I have been perfecting my own style by concentrating on colours and textures.
Each of my paintings expresses a specific moment in my life and with the uses of forms, textures and colours, I attempt to capture what lies at the very centre of transformative spiritual experiences and emotions. For me each layer of the different colours on my paintings is a symbol of how life experiences change each individual.
In our individual journeys through time we are each influenced and transformed by the places, people and the events of our past. Memories, conscious or subliminal, permeate our thoughts and shape our journey into the future. With my paintings I strive to establish a sense of place, while exploiting the tension between figuration and abstraction to express energy and passion.
Through a contemporary approach to portraiture, I explore the rich terrain of individual identity and what is revealed in the intimate moments of seeing and being seen.
I am intrigued with natural forms: the twist of a dried leaf, the contour of a muscle, the silhouette of a branch. Colours, especially intense or deep colours in all their variety of shades and tones, give me immense visceral pleasure. These are the visual treasures I attempt to portray in my work. The challenge of rendering realistically the features of a specific human face in a way which pleases the sitter brings me joy. Using oil pastels I draw the human form in symbolic surroundings to portray feelings we all experience: wonder, sorrow, mystery, etc. In watercolour and acrylic I paint the beauty of flowers in their immense variety of shape and colour. I chose flowers as my subject when I was told that those of us who see flowers first thing in the morning are happier during the day than those who do not. At present I am also attempting to portray these natural forms in a more abstract fashion so as to give the impression of the displays of nature without using specific details.
My Wildflower series is a study of colours and perspective. Lines and
dots create the entangled chaos of foliage and florets. A myriad of colours
peek through the vegetation. Pink, orange, coral and red fields of
wildflowers evolve above the undergrowth of stalks and greenery.
The midground becomes a random pattern of circles fading into the horizon
of receding dots of muting colours. Dotted skies rise into the darkening
upper echelons alluding to a sense of atmospheric height and space.
I've tried to capture the essentially frenzied wildness of nature on a very