Before I began this serie, I had so many choices. But I choosed trees. You would ask me why. Why my art focuses on trees, why did I do trees painting during almost two years ?
At the begining : the roots of the Creation Tree
I paint trees because the are noble and beautiful. They are a
vertical link between sky and earth, and walking among trees is like
walking on a medieval cloister. Silent, solemn, and teeming with
ancestral knowledge. Thanks to their ages and their way to be, they
testify an unknown time. Silent and patience are their lessons. The goal
of every brush strokes I made is to make me closer of them.
Then, trees are universal symbol. Anecdotal things appeal me : it can
be caught and it is universal. What can you find more anecdotal than a
tree among every others trees ? It is by sublimating the anecdotal that
one touches universality. And that was the heart of my approach. Even
if Babel Tower had falled, pictures keeps talking to everyone. If you
show a tree picture to a human, whatever the tree, human would recognize
The vegetal trunk: the life and the universal order
A tree of life exists in (almost) every human’s cultures. It
creates the link between heaven, earth and underground. It rythms the
differents states of the soul, from birth to death. It represents
knowledge, and universal order. To know univers’s secrets, your spirit
has to know how to travel in the roots, trunks and branches, up and
So I made several paintings of trees to tell the unspeakable, the metamorphosis of the human soul. This link between the human and the tree has manifested itself on various occasions, notably thanks to the painting “The One Who Talks to the Dead”.
This is the Goddess-Tree dedicated to make pass death souls from life
to death. Souls do not know what it is about to happen to them. So she
welcomes them, her organical arms largely open. Her supernatural light
guides them to her. She does not move, but she is full of life, she
totaly ignore the spectator, she is full concentrated on her duty.
Thus are born the tree-gods, founding elements of my mythology. Trees live on our human’s imagination, and when we incarnate them, the become archetypal form which talk to our inconscient.
The foliage: watercolor paintings of trees
The main used medium for this paintings were watercolor. Only wetercolor could make the thin and bright details I wanted. Foliage are harmonious.
Watercolor is my favourite medium, and I make it of my own now. I
fabric it with gum arabic . It comes from a tree ! I found this binder
perfect to make a series of tree paintings. This binder consists of
acacia sap, and encourages a respectful production for the supplier
Not only this binder is poetic, but also it used on the whole world
from antiquity. Traces of gum arabic were found in Egyptian tombs, but
also in Asia, where tempera is queen. Like the tree, the watercolor is