Artist's Statement: I started painting at a very early age, and was fortunate to grow up in an artistic Parisian home. I attended Decroly, a French primary school that focused on the arts (painting, music, theatre, pottery) for children as young as three years old. When I was eight, I was enrolled in professional art classes, an opportunity I may not have recognized at the time but have come to greatly appreciate. I went to Parsons School of Design in New York, before finishing my studies and graduating from Central Saint Martins in London. That education landed me in the London theatre scene, where I worked on productions for the National Opera House and Fulham's Lost Theatre. From there I jumped to films where I had the chance to work with Jean-Jacque Annaud on "Seven Years in Tibet", as well as working in set design for Fernando Colombo, Rose Troche, and Tim Burton. That opened the door for my move to America in 2001, where I began to apply set design techniques to interior design in people's homes doing murals and decorative wall finishes. The economic downturn of 2008 gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself, and I learned screen printing which paved the way for me to open my own workshop/art gallery, L'Atelier, in San Diego in 2016. Having my own workshop has allowed me the freedom to create in ways I had not done before. The pieces currently hanging at Lapis Room in Albuquerque reflect my exploration of mixed media art using cut plywood, marmarino and venetian plasters, oil, charcoal, metallic leafing and silkscreening.
Through all of this, I never stopped painting and I've always been happiest with a brush in my hand. My work originates from my dreams, meditations and life experiences, and oscillates between modern abstracts and more structured graphic designs. I want the viewer to relax and feel a sense of freedom and fun in my work. Lately, I've been incorporating my travels directly into my paintings. In 2021, I hiked the Lost Coast Trail in Northern California, which inspired a series of black and white pieces that capture the magic and moody drama of the beach, water and sky. My recent travels to New Mexico have given me the motivation to do a series focused on landscape, architecture and shadowing, which will feature in a future exhibition at Lapis Room.