Celebrating the creative forces of Nature,
one pattern at a time

My subjects are rooted in realism, while displaying a splash of the unreal, the unexpected or the whimsical. My direct environment has always been my source of inspiration as I would like my art to make you marvel at our world,  its daily mystery, humor and beauty.

Themes in my work

Patterns:

I see patterns as a representation of life, more exactly they are a symbol of the complex layers of different scales that constitute life, from the very geometric patterns of molecules or cells to the complex organic living organisms they build.

forest lace by Canadian artist Sandrine Pelissier

Time:

To me, painting is about time.

The time it takes to make a painting is made visible with repetitive lines, detailed patterns or scribbles that mark seconds like a metronome.

I like to think there is value in spending time making something that has no other use than being looked at, being devoted to the creative play and making that time tangible on the canvas. This is very much in opposition to how time is perceived in our society where there is a lot of pressure for efficient time management.

As anything to do with time, my paintings can be seen as a momento mori, confronting us with the implacable passage of time and our own mortality, trying to make sense of our place in nature and leave a trace.

Feminism:

There are feminist undertones in my work as the patterns added to paintings and drawings are often reminiscent of traditional feminine crafts like knitting, crochet, quilting and working with fabric. I would like to make viewers reflect upon the artificial boundaries we created between fine art and craft, often as a way to distinguish work done by female or male artists.

patterned paintings and drawings

Painting and drawing

Most of my work is situated right at the limit between painting and drawing as I am exploring the tension created by line and wash, the balance between opposite concepts, like the symmetry of geometric patterns and the asymmetry of organic designs, transparency and solidity, reality and imagination.

The human body

I have been co-organizing life drawing classes in my studio for many years now and working with the figure is becoming an important part of my work.

life drawing with patterns

I like to represent mostly women of all shapes and ages, aiming at keeping only the essence of the figure through a simplified contour drawing, contrasting with the complexity of the surrounding patterns.

Nudes are a timeless expression of the human condition, they are the only way to show the human figure outside of a cultural or historical context. It is art in its simplest form.

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