We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Anne Decamp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie Anne, what are you inspired by?
As a contemporary painter, I am inspired by many factors.
Colors, we can see and distinguish colors through the way they vibrate which fascinated me a lot, and each tonality has got its own effect. I just love colors and love to use them in my artworks. It is so powerful for the one looking at the painting also.
Then, textures, through nature contemplation. Nature itself is a great master, even in abstract painting, according to me, nature is a never ending source of great inspiration.
My favorite elements are sky scenery, ocean and vegetation.
Ambiance and travelling is very important too for artist inspiration and creativity, at least for myself. I love to discover exotic places, and being able to come back where I want. For instance, living and volunteering in New Zealand’ s forest for a good while has been a great inspiration.
California has been the strongest inspiration to me since my teenage age up to nowadays.
I like the wind of freedom blowing there, the enterprising spirit, the laid back people, the scenery in the desert, and the Pacific Ocean, the palms trees… I just love palms trees !
Inspiration comes also from other painters, but I just hate copying, it’s more of a subconscious inspiration by looking at other works which can affect your own painting and can, eventually help to keep you in the move.
Painting with others, once in a while, is also a source of inspiration as a dynamic process. Mankind is whole, not only an individual experience, even in art.
Beauty, I look for beauty in everything and everyone. Beauty is so inspiring to me is my art.
But, as a conclusion, my main inspiration is love, pure love and joy. I need love to know who I am as an artist, and to keep it up. I want to share this love through my art, at least this is my ambition, in an aesthetic way,
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Self- taught contemporary artist, creative child ,I have decided to start my art business two years ago, at the age of 46. My decision has been motivated by friends that were interested in buying my art, and also with a strong ambition that came to a mature age. One of the positivity of it, is experience in a lot of fields, that deserves me daily in my activity. I have the belief that, finally, I found my way, professionally speaking, with a lot of new projects coming which is very exited. I like to be my own boss as well.
Emerging painter, after participating to many locals exibitions in France, including artfairs in Paris, i recently started to exhibit out of France (Italy), and was also contacted by a NYC art gallery to study a possibility of exhibition of my works in Chelsea. That is so motivating to me.
On another hand, it is not always easy to conciliate the business side, and the act of painting. I like business, I love painting.
To be able to paint art, for me, I need to be in a special state of mind, which is not easy to conciliate with daily life. Also, it happens that I think about a new painting for one or two months minimum before I actually get into the action of painting it.
Long process which makes me learn patience.
Anyway, I am already proud of my path, Art it is not an easy one, and really need to keep going in the good way because I know I can succeed, with perseverance, knowledge, honesty and great commitment, plus awareness of the contemporary art market in the world.
Recently, i decided to give away 10 percents of my art income to non profit organizations, I am currently looking for those that suit my project.
Interested also in digital art, and design…A busy and interesting life to me with lots of projects coming. I am glad of where I am professionally.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in a small town called Chambly, close from Paris, France. When you arrive at my place, we organize a little bbq party as a welcome and, of course I take you to my art studio. We could also play a little bit of music for you.
The next day, if it s still sunny (quite a bit of rain here) we go for a coffee in town, in the morning or a good lunch in the local brasserie restaurant “la Civette”, on the terrasse. You would have a choice of salads, pasta, hamburgers, fishes, well cooked, the dish of the day…personnaly I would go for a goat cheese in tempura with salad. Without forgetting a glass of good red wine, and an espresso by the end of the meal.
In the afternoon, we would drive around, for fun, Show you the beautiful castle of Chantilly. By the end of the afternoon we could have dinner in the lovely touristic town of L’ Isle Adam at the “Nautilus” restaurant, such a cool awesome place.
Next day, Paris.
First, shopping in “Rivoli” street, lunch in a vegetarian restaurant ” Végèt’halles near by “The Halle” area, then a cool walk in one of my favorite hipe area “the Marais”. we would go to see if there is art exhibition going on around, at “la halle des blancs manteaux” and may be a little more shopping of swing stuffs.. For dinner, let’s go at the “As of Falafel”. So yummy.
Night time in ” la Bastille” area, “Lappe” street , for a relaxing drink.
We could come back to Paris the next day, to make a long visit of the “Louvre” museum, ending by a “pâtisserie” at “Angelina”.
Back home for a good rest.
The day after, let’s go for a drive to the sea ! Walks and picnic lunch on the beach, plus a visit of a bird natural reserve “le parc du Marquenterre”in the afternoon.
To continue nature discovery, on the next day, I will show you forests around my home town, if it is in October we would pick up chestnuts and grilled them for dinner in the fire place.
Your last day ? I would have a local exhibition and you would be welcome to participate to the opening reception !
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to mention my husband, who is a great support as well as my American best friend, living in San Diego. My husband is so encouraging, helpful with art shows, moral support and counsel about my art related business decisions.
My best friend in California helps keeping my dreams alive, and has been a mentorship since teenage age for me. Such a blessing.
My book ? The one I found in a garage sale, which is about surface treatment in art. This book has open my mind to new technicals skills and has been of great inspiration that bear fruits up to nowadays.
Also, I am part of local art associations, where I found great people that are encouraging me, and giving me a local recognition. Most of them are volunteers.
Neon pictures : Alexandre Chambon (@alex_l_adamois_) Artist Photograph Workshop picture : CYAN/Daniel CANY Artist Photograph