I was born and grew up in the South of France a long time ago. Drawn to art from an early age, I started painting more seriously when I first came to live in England in 1978, having fallen in love with an Englishman and the Yorkshire coast in 1976. I have lived and painted in and around Whitby since then.
After years of study, from night classes in batik and ceramics to a psychology degree, I became a full-time artist in 2004, selling through galleries in Robin Hood’s Bay and Grosmont, and I’m still exhibiting exclusively in the Yorkshire area. Some of my paintings are now in private collections in Australia, Canada, France and the US, as well as in the UK.
The range of colours and forms found in nature draws me in to explore, express, and thus hopefully share their essential qualities. Interested in gardening and botany, working with different media allows me to approach flowers in varied ways. Thus pen and ink favour precise botanical studies and watercolour adds to their fragility to achieve a realistic and accurate representation, whilst gouache, oils and acrylic add a bolder dimension to flowers and landscapes.
My work currently focuses on landscapes in North Yorkshire, whether the open and empty stretches of Moors or the crowded semi-symbiotic relationship of cottages and sea on the coast. Most of my work is in oils, for I love their rich intensity and depth of colour. Inspired in practise by my experience of stained glass, whereby colours are contained within boundaries, and conceptually by Paul Klee’s notion of “taking a line for a walk”, these landscapes are personal and stylised interpretations, evolved from quick sketches outdoors and elaborated in my studio.
An artist once wrote to me : “Your paintings have extracted the childlike simplicity and fairytale tranquillity from the scene. I empathise with you, your paintings and writing which are the essential ingredients to appreciate the integrity and wholeness of your existence (…) you touched me with your magical images. Your love of landscape, trees and vernacular buildings is apparent and you have captured that peaceful and idealised sentiment so very well. “
I hope he will not mind me using his words, for he expresses better than I could what I would like people to feel when they see my paintings.