About the Artist
A French-American, Austin-based sculptor and painter, I mostly trained at the Corcoran Art School in DC, and more recently through classes at Austin Community College, including welding and blacksmithing. I mix into my art my love of objects, collections and artifacts, as solidified in my 11 years of working as a museum anthropologist and a siberianist at the Smithsonian Institution, and my love of people, often channeled through teaching French, cooking, knitting or art since 1999 at my school, La Petite Provence Austin. I also coach classical musicians in French, music being another great love. An exhibiting artist since the 1990s, I have participated in over 50 group exhibits in recent years, including in several museums. I had a major solo exhibit in 2020 in Midland, with over 60 art pieces. In DC thirty years ago I co-founded a collective of sculptors, The Washington Heavy School; In Austin I am regularly invited to paint with the American Cheese Fondue gang, and I share various art-making shenanigans with my artist friends in our The Raymonds and Juliettes Art Collective.
I weld and forge poetic, profound, heavy abstract steel sculptures, busts, love letters, and Asian Sumi ink-inspired landscapes. I crochet whimsical French pastries and other odd experimental objects, and I paint exuberant, colorful watercolor and oil abstract paintings and landscapes, which I consider portraits. Language, Writing, Books and Letters, always central to my life, hijack entire new series of artworks, while my art is simultaneously becoming more abstract. All my work springs from personal stories, but, in series, become archetypal. Many pieces are inspired by prehistory and my professional museum experience as a world art specialist and an anthropologist. All of my pieces have to do with Love.