Seeds and leaves, charcoal on paper, 30cm x 30cm, private collection


Charcoal studies of plants, seeds and stones. 

They became a pretext for my work, a first approach through drawing to painting. I wanted to use color, but I was still shy, my hero painter Georgia O’Keefe wasn’t far from my obsessions of the time. But I had grown used to charcoal and pencil for all of my previous work and although I knew very well how to express the darks and the lights, the variations in grey and in black, color still felt foreign to my palette.

At the same time, these drawings gave me the opportunity to find the perfect shapes, to explore the purity and perfection of the contour line of the seed the stone and the leaf. To understand how one could fold in the other, how the exterior could reveal the inside. All this research in drawing led me slowly to the paintings of 2005.

Seed variations in pastel and charcoal
plant I, charcoal on paper, 30cm x 20cm, private collection
plant II, charcoal on paper, 30cm x 20cm, private collection
Sunflower, charcoal on paper, 30cm x 30cm, private collection
Bird Seed, pastel on paper, 170cm x 50cm - private collection
Large seed, 170cm x 50cm, pastel on paper, artist's collection
Seed detail, pastel on transparent paper, 30cm x 30cm, artist's collection


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