I expected to be excited by French architecture –and I was! However, I was surprised by the constant delight I felt drawing the neoclassical statues that abound in the capital.
The genesis of the idea to travel and draw in France was sharpened by delving into Brett Whitley’s 1989 “Paris Regard de Côté” – where he explored his drawing virtuosity while depicting the essence of his artistic inspiration in Paris.
The challenge for me was to work on a series of drawings that challenged my skill as a draftsperson, creating a body of work that exhibited my creative vision of France.
I wanted to explore the range of drawing approaches and mediums –and how the act of creation could influence the essence of my vision for a place so steeped in history.
Voilà in French can mean, “look there, or “there you go” in English. I use it as an expression of accomplishment and success. ‘Voila’ accurately describes in French my journey as an artist to create drawings that appear effortless and natural. In English ‘Voila’ truthfully represents all the blood, sweat, and tears the ongoing dedication it takes to proclaim… Voilà!