In 2018, I left a 25-year career in corporate graphic design to pursue my dream of creating art full time.
I enjoy working in ink, watercolor and oils, but since I’ve been in a dedicated art space, I have found myself working almost exclusively in charcoal. Charcoal is a truly amazing and vibrant medium that takes me back to my roots of drawing and expressing the human form. The more I explore it, the more magical it’s becoming, and the more possibilities I see.
I am focusing on figurative work because there’s nothing more fundamental or relatable than questions surrounding being human, why we are here, how being alive makes us all experience suffering and joy. In some drawings, I’m exploring a painterly approach with liquid brushwork, as it touches on one of my favorite themes: the push-and-pull between having control and not having it. I love combining brush strokes that are accidental and loose and messy with drawing that is highly controlled and realistic.
In college, I was a non-degree seeking student who completed 4 years of fine art, illustration, photography and design coursework (Ray Vogue College of Design, Collin College, UNT—1989-1993). I’m originally from France, still speak the language and go back to visit relatives every few years.
Like another artist said to me recently, “I just want to make one beautiful thing.”
Or if we're lucky and have persistence, maybe more than one beautiful thing.