My inspiration is everywhere. Most of my watercolors represent outdoor scenes, San Francisco and the East Bay, but also some more intimate spaces, such as cafes and interiors.
In the landscapes, I use photographs and make a composite of several taken at different locations, the purpose being not to reproduce the reality seen by the camera but rather to recreate a certain feeling or emotion where light always plays an important part.
The city has an environment of mixed culture and architecture, which gives a visual patchwork that is alive and interesting to paint.
Starting with small black-and-white sketches and usually ending with a very precise drawing, almost nothing is left to chance. In the same way I do a precise research for my colors. Probably this research helps to have a clearer vision of the whole picture without being lost in details once the realization process is started.
After training in a graphic arts school in Paris, where the focus was drawing and composition, I worked in Paris for several years as an illustrator for books, magazines and advertising agencies. In 1990, I moved to California and started to paint.
I am influenced by works of numerous painters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, Corot, Innes, Vallotton, Bonnard, Hopper, Doig and by the illustrations of Nascimbene.
I hope you will enjoy my work.
Marie in her studio in Pleasanton, CA