Welcome to my Inner World. I am a French self-taught artist, and these past twenty years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate,… Continue Reading
My Chinese period ;-). I love creating these headdresses.Traduction ici
I love cursed characters. When I was a child I loved operas, especially by Wagner. The first opera I ever saw was the Flying Dutchman and it left a deep mark on me. When I recently saw the Promise by Kaige Chen, I had trouble putting up with some truly bad acting BUT fell instantly in love with Snow Wolf. He reminded me of another character who ‘s fascinated me for a long while, the Sandman. The two kind of merged and I ended up with this character above. The bell is also a reference to the Abhorsen’s bells in the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix which I’ve read three times (a record for me). There is one particular bell called Ranna, or the Sleeper, who has the power to make you fall asleep. The painting is called the Dream Waker because as you fall asleep you wake up in another reality. The Chinese background is loosely inspired by a wonderful trilogy called Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson. I also read recently Myths of China and Japan by Mackenzie and was surprised to see how closely Wilkinson’s fantasy follows the facts.
Like any artist, I’m prey to the occasional crisis. With this painting, I decided to take some distance from what I usually do. It took me a certain amount of courage to go in a direction which I knew would not be as popular as some of my more “polished” paintings. I had immense pleasure painting this, I avoided the smudge tool and concentrated on textures. Great fun.Traduction ici
This is one of the very few instances where I used some photographic references: all the plant species represented here actually exist in tropical areas. There is a slight “Myst game” influence here, along with the Indian River from Pirates of the Caribbean. The rocks are kind of inspired by the ones you find around the Seychelles (which I haven’t visited yet). Since I moved in the Arctic, my dreams often take place in tropical areas. Bathing in these green waters is very regenerating. It’s as if the Other World (which was previously nordic/celtic for me) had shifted in the opposite direction, which makes perfect sense since it’s “other” in nature. And again I inserted the Soul Boat, the one that carries you through Life towards the Other World. In my paintings this boat is an equivalent of a gypsy caravan on the Ocean of the Unconscious, nurtured by it but also challenged.Traduction ici