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I was born and raised in France but settle down in San Diego.
Creativity is a journey, not an end goal or a destination. And you never know where it may take you.
In 2014 I lived in Savanah (GA) for a few months and started to collect and use recycled paper bags on canvas. I love the softness of paper, its sensuality, the idea of bringing back to life an already recycled material, finding its veins... Shaping and coloring paper became a way of reflecting nature. Paper would then become roots, stumps, and finally whole trees. I am more into expressing emotions than portraying a realistic approach. Abstract painting triggers the imagination of the viewer.
When I was looking for a natural way to permanently protect my paper work. I discovered beeswax and shellac burn. A new way to make art. A new territory for experimentation.
The encaustic medium is made up of beeswax and dammar resin (tree sap) that are melted together. They are then mixed with professional grade pigments to make the encaustic paint. All layers must be melted and fused together with a torch to create this beautiful sense of depth that you cannot get with any other medium. The paint can be opaque or translucent, allowing the viewer to look deep into the painting and the layers beneath. The wax also maintains sculptural qualities, inviting marks, carving and texture. Even 3D work is possible.
I use now both materials.