"This artistic life - which we know is not the truth - seems to me so vivid, that it would be ungrateful not to be satisfied with it. Your profession is to do what you are made for and exercise with such passion and intensity that it is like responding to a spiritual call. "
Vincent Van Gogh
AN ARTIST AT HEART
I am a french professional Fine Artist and I live in Paris. I was born in Angoulême, in 1970. I wish I could die young... as late as possible !
I have always had a passion for colors and tried to use them as words to communicate. I started painting at the age of 7.
Strangely, it is the french - and later english - romantic poetry, which drove me to drawing and painting and enhanced my passion for colours: Charles Baudelaire, Théodore de Banville, Alphonse de Lamartine, Victor Hugo, John Keats, William Blake and other poets from the second part of the 19th century...
Indeed, the symbolic association of words and colours in their clever use of metaphors, circumlocutions and other surrealistic images, fascinated me.
Especially everyday expressions and idioms such as : to do something "once in a blue moon", to come "out of the blue", to show "one's true colours", "to feel blue", to be "in the pink", to be "black and blue", to have a "blackhead", to tell "white lies", to have a "yellow streak", to be "green with envy", to "paint the town red", to use one's "grey matter", to be "yellow-bellied", to be "caught red-handed", and so on...
"Nature is a temple in which living pillars
Sometimes give voice to confused words;
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which look at him with understanding eyes.
Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance
In a deep and tenebrous unity,
Vast as the dark of night and as the light of day,
Perfumes, sounds, and colors correspond."
Correspondences, The Flowers of Evil (1861)
Translation : © William Aggeler
At first, inspiration drawn from such expressions drove me to write poetry.
Then it went on to feed my imagination, and convinced me that painting, which allows the use of the widest possible choice of colours and shades, is not only an art form, but beyond this a language in itself!
Granted, a language without a voice, but unencumbered by the limitations of that voice - an art form which gave me complete freedom of expression.
TO BE AN ARTIST IS NOT A PROFESSION!
At the age of seven I had three passions:
- painting and illustrating my copybooks;
- drawing and sewing clothes for my "Barbie" dolls;
- writing poems.
Although I have always dreamt of becoming an Artist (Painter, "Grand-Couturier" or Novellist), my parents pushed me to study at high school, in order to have a job allowing me to be financially independent and be able to freely exercise my artistic passions. In hindsight, I will never thank them enough for making this wise and sensible choice!
After spending 4 years studying in a french school of translation and conference interpreting, I obtained a master's degree in English. Then, I gratuated in Global Communication (Journalism, Press Relations, Public Relations, Sponsoring, Sponsorship, Marketing and Advertising).
Finally, I expanded my studies by following editorial webmastering and web marketing courses.
For over 18 years, I have been Director of Communication, Digital and Marketing, in the event and entertainment sector (concerts and shows, exhibitions, sports and leisure activities). I really love my job, especially consulting and the management of digital projects.
"Passion is me ... and it's stronger than me"
Alain, About Happiness (1928)
Although I do appreciate this career in global communication, the desire, the NEED to achieve my dreams has always dictated my life ... and I never give up what I'm fighting for!
Thus, in 2009, after having carried out research, drafted my business plan, prospected, built my professional network, participated in a training in accounting for entrepreneurs and - above all - formed my first personal collections, I created my company, took a name of artist and began to exhibit my collections. Then I created my website and started a long but exciting marketing and promotion work in France and abroad.
Since 2009, I have painted more than one thousand artworks and have taken part in over 150 exhibitions in France and internationally (>>> See my references) and obtained about fifty painting awards and other distinctions.
In 2018, as part of an affiliation contract with a US company, I set up a line of products derived from my paintings in order to sell them and raise funds to help charities.
At almost fifty, I am happy with all experiences, good or bad, especially the bad ones. Indeed, they finally proved to be the most beneficial.
I do not believe in chance. I believe in a perfect plan for all of us. I do not regret anything that I have lived, but the only thing I'm sure of today is that I will never be able to live a single day without painting or drawing ... Creation, whatever its forms, is at the same time my passion, my goal and my reason for living.
That's why I chose this quote from Khalil Gibran as a creed: "I aspire to eternity, because I will meet there poems that I have not written and paintings that I have not painted yet. "
Welcome to my world and thank you for your visits and comments!