Making art is a necessity, a vocation I feel deeply inclined to follow. If I don’t make art for while, I feel like I am dying inside. I know this sound extreme, but it is a very real experience for me. I have an urge to create when my mind is triggered by ideas, when my heart feels heavy or when I look around. I see mesmerizing details, shapes and contrasts, I sense the atmosphere of a sunny day, the horizon between water and sky and I have an urge to capture this to recall that moment forever and share this to other humans who will experience the same joy and solace in contemplating my work. Right now, more than ever, we need to insert little moments of wonder among the chaos of everyday life.
Several scientific studies* show that looking at art have beneficial effects on the mind and body and on reducing stress and anxiety. But we don’t need science to tell us what makes us feel good, because we feel it with our hearts. When we look at (or make) something that brings cognitive pleasure (which is basically experiencing beauty), that is enough to bring hope and joy! And this is what I want for you!
Also, I take care to be socially and environmentally responsible in all parts of my work. I choose natural, recycled and local materials and produce zero waste as much as possible. I also care for every human I work with making sure that they have decent pay and working conditions. I only work with companies who have an ethical and environmental policy. I am always searching for ways to reduce my footprint. Being an independent artist, it is easy and difficult in many ways, but I aspire to turn my actives completely neutral to the planet.
My art is deeply personal and connecting with art is also a very personal experience. If you have any questions and concerns or if you just want to know more about my work, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be pleased to schedule a phone or a video call. I am also open for a virtual or in person studio tour of my work!
*For more about the effects of visual art on health, check out the following links:
Photography: Marc Lemyre