WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO PAINT?
All that is beautiful!
But what motivates me the most is perhaps my fiery desire to change the world, make it better while showing how wonderful and inspirational it is!
One day, I read this anonymous quote which could answer your question perfectly: "In the morning, you have the choice to stay in your bed sleeping in order to keep on dreaming, or that of waking up and getting up to make your dream come true!"
ARE YOU ALWAYS INSPIRED WHEN YOU START PAINTING?
Unfortunately not.To find inspiration, I do a few breathing and concentration exercises before painting and when the inspiration comes, ideas take shape in my mind so clearly that I just have to paint what I have in mind. So I am painting then, as quickly as possible so that I lose not a "crumb" of this vision.
This is the reason why, for example, I very rarely rework on a peinting. Once the idea is gone, it's like an ending dream. Although you have a few memories of your dream in mind, you will never be able to have the same dream again...
DO YOU HAVE OTHER PASSIONS THAN PAINTING?
Yes these other passions inspire most of my paintings, in particular Jazz and Classical Music, Romantic Poetry from the second part of the XIXth Century, Birds, Astronomy, Symbolism, Arabic Calligraphy, History and Ancient Civilizations,...
But, above all, I love to paint, draw, write and read. I could spend my life doing nothing else!
YOU SAY LOVE HISTORY. WHAT PERIOD IN HISTORY WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN?
I would have loved to meet Leonardo da Vinci and his patron, François 1er. But it's a bit chauvinistic, given that I was born in Angoulême, homeland of the Valois ;-)
YOU DON'T REFER TO ANY ABSTRACT PAINTERS IN YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION, DON'T YOU? WHY ?
I may disappoint you, but as far as great abstract painters are concerned, I'm more interested in their writings (ex: Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, ...) than in their artworks. I love their conception of painting but as for the result, I'm desperately in love with Impressionism.