Somehow, writing led me to painting. I wrote some shorts stories, poems, and two novels. Thinking about it, I have realized that my style had been influenced by the impressionism. I always felt the wish to paint inside me, but I never dared to make this step. In 2010, as a drama occurred in my life, I felt the need to see again life in colors. Painting, consciously or not, appeared to be the best way to express this urgent desire.
I come from Bordeaux (France) and currently live in Switzerland near Lausanne. As an autodidact artist, I mainly work in my atelier and sometimes sur le motif. I use different types of oil, tubes, sticks or pastels, but I can also use charcoal or crayon. Today I paint on canvas or paper but I also enjoy painting on a tablet with an application and e-brush. I consider digital art as a real medium as it can provoke a real emotion. This is a sufficient argument to me.
Today my inspiration comes from the pure and simple enchantment of nature. I try to express and share what I feel and see: Harmony, strength, the energy of nature, but also its fragility and maybe ours. The passing of time, the remaining time, solitude or I what I prefer to call a melancholy agitation. I like the idea that we don’t know exactly the accurate time in my painting. But nothing is fixed or definitive and I don’t want to limit myself to one specific approach. Learning from others and ourselves, we are always evolving. So, I try to find my inner movement and to put it into my work. Recently a very good friend suggested me to paint subjects that are more « involved » or related to « what’s going on today in our world ». This argument makes sense. I do not say that I will never change of subjects. But for the time being, I consider that landscapes are a very current topic.
If I should have a motto, it would be something going in that direction: « Getting older, going towards inner youth »: As we are getting older, I want to believe that we are always trying to improve ourselves. And this attempt is a movement towards the beauty of life and by extension, towards youth. I like very much this kind of paradox and that’s why creation is so important to me.
I am a member of the ARVA association (Association Romande pour la Valorisation des Arts).
Some information about my digital painting process:
I work on an iPad and now use the Procreate application. I paint with a stylus or e-brush. Once the digital artwork is done, I sometimes bring some minor changes or effects with an image editing tool.
This digital painting is printed on Plexiglas 8 mn by a professional printer. The quality and the light are really optimal. On request, other supports like Alu Dibond or fine art paper are available. All my digital paintings are numbered and limited to 10 editions. They are stored in a secure database that guarantees the buyer to truly own my digital work thanks to the latest blockchain technology.
A certificate of authenticity is delivered with the artwork.