"Water is a huge inspiration for me. I just love it. I love water in a pool, in a lake and in the ocean. I am a good swimmer, but I also love just watching water move. Even when I am not in the water, I can watch it and feel like I am floating. This painting makes me feel that way too. Floating. Peaceful. Happy. Loving life. I used palette knives, scrapers, water spray and foam brushes to paint this. But also a wide brush. I really like using a wide brush because the big strokes make big waves like the water. I can just feel the water rushing by while I float along. Can you feel it too???"
- Charlie French
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Acrylic on Unmounted Canvas
30" x 40"
Santa Fe, NM
“Yes, I have Down syndrome but first I want you to see me: Charlie French. Then I want you to see my ART!”
Abstract artist Charlie French works in his art studio almost daily, his commitment to his craft evident when viewing his beautiful, calming paintings. Born in NY, Charlie has lived both in the US and abroad, currently residing in Santa Fe, NM. While living and studying in London, a teacher noticed Charlie’s innate understanding of color theory and composition, and hence encouraged Charlie and his parents to support and nurture his artistic passion.
Charlie creates impressive abstract works, tapping into his imagination and finding delight in the process as well as the finished product. He is a prolific painter, and when asked about his process responds: "I like colors and shapes. Sometimes I do (paint) a lot. Sometimes not. I don’t think about it. I have fun.” And this is the key to Charlie’s process in that painting is fundamentally and powerfully a positive and therapeutic experience. Studio time is most exciting, pushing boundaries and filled with exploration and energy, and then relaxing into a rhythm of contented, peaceful creation. Charlie’s abstract paintings mirror the joy of his imagination, and share with the world a piece of his happiness. All of which provides Charlie with a meaningful, purposeful life.
When Charlie is not in his studio with his dog, Percy, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family. One of his dream projects is to gather his artist friends together in the studio for a collaborative painting piece, and then celebrate with hamburgers, fries and chocolate almond milk.
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