We had the good fortune of connecting with Virginie Mazureau and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Virginie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Creativity was something that came naturally for me growing up, and my family has always supported and awakened me to Art. Going from still life drawing to painting and sculpting or discovering ballet lessons to acrobatic classes…I have always been surrounded by inspirational artistic influences, and creative path was obvious to me. It was an interior design degree I obtained in Paris, the city deeply and intrinsically influenced by Arts, that led me to pursue a dream a few years later: to be a painter, which I still am today.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never considered anything else as it was part of me since my young age. It’s only after a degree in interior design and years spent working in this industry that I finally realized my dream of being a painter. Because of my daughter I will say that my work today is nourished by the childlike imagination that I chose, playful and happy. A universe that does not have a clear awareness of the separation between the real and the unreal. My work is fed by these imaginary journeys that it tries to materialize in a poetic and dreamy way. Even if that path was not always the easy way it has allowed me to meet extraordinary people who have believed in my work and motivated me all the way long to go further, and stay focused on what matter the most whatever the circumstances might be. You have the power to do what you want if you start believing in yourself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best trip I recommend since the Covid restrictions is going for a hike in Anza Borrego. There are so many beautiful hikes to do there, and it’s almost blooming season, which means the cactus will be beautifully colored, a must see! One of the restaurant I ate at lately and I want you to discover is The Waverly in Cardiff by the Sea serving American cuisine with European influence that you can die for, and don’t forget to try their cocktails, they are amazing! Another place you don’t want to miss to visit is the Niki de Saint Phalle’s Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of Saint Phalle’s later work.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to my parents, my husband, and my daughter. This wonderful young lady is my greatest source of inspiration, and I will never thank her enough for giving me the strength to switch from my office hours doing plans as an interior designer to what I really dreamt about: being a painter. Thanks also to Jen from ” The Gracey Lane Gallery” in Fallbrook for showcasing and selling my paintings, thus helping raise funds for nonprofit organizations. Last but not least, a big shoutout to Melissa from “Distinction Gallery” in Escondido who believed in my work and helped me find my place among recognized fine artists.

Website: www.virginiemazureau.com

Instagram: @virginiemazureau

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