I want to offer an alternative to representation of women in art by celebrating the true beauty and diversity of real bodies of all ages and shapes.
Like most women, I have struggled with body image most of my life, being constantly told I was too thin as a child and teenager and not thin enough as an older woman. So I want to represent the female body in a non sexual, objectifying or exploitative way and challenge the mainstream narrative that women are only worth our attention when adhering to certain stereotypes of youth, thinness and perfection.
Real people in all their diversity and imperfection deserve to be the subject of fine art and I would like my art to help people, and in particular women feel confident, proud, valued and accepted as they are. I work from drawings made in life drawing classes with inspiring and diverse models.
Many visitors comment that my forest paintings make them feel relaxed and are capturing how it feels to be in the west coast rain forest.
In most of these paintings, time 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.
My flower paintings series are all made from imagination and I want them to add a touch of brightness, color and joy that will light up a room.
Originally from France, I have been living in North Vancouver, Canada for the past 20 years.
My work has been collected and exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally. I am also part of the Art Rentals and sales program of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Many of my paintings have been published in Art books and magazines (Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Acrylic Magazine, International Artist Magazine). I wrote 2 books with North Light/F+W Books Fearless Watercolor for beginners, adventurous painting techniques to get you started and Painting Imaginary Flowers: Beautiful Blooms and Abstract Patterns in Mixed Media
I have been writing for the last 5 years for my blog: paintingdemos.com, that has a mailing list of about 10 000 subscribers and about 20 000 visitors per month.
I am an active member in the community, as a co-founder of the North Shore Art crawl, a co-founder of a weekly life drawing group, a board member of the North Vancouver Arts Council, and have been invited as a juror for public art, art grants and juried exhibitions. You can read more about my collaborations here.