I am an artist inspired by the open spaces and the shorelines of the Bay Area or places where I travel. I make realist paintings, mostly landscapes, in plein-air with oil or watercolor. Lately, I’ve painted a series of seascapes with oil. When outside, I sketch the scenery with pencil and/or watercolor and, when possible, I paint plein-air. I also take photos. I then use this material in my studio to recreate the vision I had and finish the painting. For me painting a landscape is representing in two dimensions an instant view of a place where earth, sea, sky and light are constantly changing. I choose to paint only the peaceful side of landscapes, outside of the frenzy of contemporary life and human conflicts. When seeing my paintings, I would like my audience to pause and feel a sense of natural beauty and serenity. I am working on new series of paintings, one focused on sunset landscapes in oil and the other on windows from French villages in watercolor.
I was born in France and studied in Paris. I attended Pierre and Marie Curie University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Geophysics. I worked as a Geophysicist, Software Engineer and Information Technology Manager for 42 years in the Oil and Gas industry. My work was first based in Paris and then in Houston where I was transferred with my family in 1995. I had worldwide responsibilities and teams in many countries. Living in Paris, I was immersed in history, culture and art. In secondary and high school, we had regular guided visits at Le Louvre and other museums, discovering art periods in correlation with our history, literature and foreign languages classes. During my university years, and throughout my career, I nurtured my interest in art, cultures and civilizations by visiting museums and historic places both during business and vacation travels. After retiring, I began studying art at the Glassell School of Art (Fine Art Museum of Houston). I moved to California in 2012 and I have studied drawing and painting at the College of San Mateo, the Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier (BACAA) and Pacific Art League. I am married, have two children and two grandchildren, and live in San Mateo, California. When I am not painting, drawing or visiting museums and galleries, I sail, play golf, practice yoga and hike. I am an avid reader in French and English. I also continue to travel and discover new art places and landscapes to inspire my painting.