I paint to capture an experience, a feeling, and strive to share it through colour, form, and light.
It's a different beauty from the air, more poignant and more objective in its apparent immobility. Whether formal or natural, the landscapes seen from the air become become more abstract.
I can playfully re-order and move around details and elements of reality- mostly trees and shadows- like tesserae in a mosaic.
To portray is for me to express an unequivocal presence,
a feeling for an actual person.
Sometimes, there can be an ambivalence, an invitation to a question, particularly fascinating when painting young people.
For me, a successful portrait has an element of timelessness, while revealing something about the subject's present circumstance.
Born in France, I was a child who was drawing all the time. But for various reasons, I was unable to attend Art school growing up, and became a clothes/costume designer for ten years before studying (section Communication Visuelle) at the Paris Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.
My aim then was to reach a wide audience trough Print, and Paris Art Publisher Flammarion gave me the first of a series of commissions by Print and Card publishers (Flammarion in France, Artistsworks in the USA, Poster Editions and Habit Press in Australia) This work on paper was featured at Art Expo New-York every year between 1985 and 1990, and at the Toyama Museum's of Modern Art first Poster Triennale.
I worked and lived in Paris, Tunesia and Los Angeles, before settling in Sydney in 1986. When two of my publishers disappeared during the 90's recession, I taught myself to paint with oils and started to exhibit, in Australia and France
In 1996 & 97 I studied 'old masters' painting techniques at the Charlie Sheard Studio School in Sydney, and later furthered my printmaking experience at the Warringah Printmaking studio.
I occasionally teach portraiture at the Waverley Woollahra Art Centre, Sydney