Celia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist. I’m originally from the southeast of France and moved to Houston 5 years ago where my childhood passion for ART came back to life.
I have been exposed to art at an early age my grandparents were antique dealers, my grandmother was an interior designer and my great grandfather Jean de Sperati is the most famous artist stamp forger in the world to date. So I guess creativity runs through my veins…
As a child my great grandfather colored pencils collections was the most precious gift I received, I would use them for hours. As a teenager, one art project was our local church dating from 1890. I was fascinated by the Byzantine architecture and would spend days sketching. I also remember one mother’s day, I had no money, so I gave my mum one of my drawings, a reproduction of The Pink Nude from Henri Matisse, to this day one of my favorite artist.
I wanted to pursue a career as an interior decorator, but instead, my family commitments and my passion for traveling took me to beautiful places for the last 23 years, where I have been fortunate to live and explore in Europe, Africa, Middle East and now the USA. So instead of creating, I explored as many museums and discovered as many cultures I could, everywhere life took me.
About five years ago, after a personal trauma, I started to draw again. But something was missing until I attended a workshop about intuitive art. I used a medium I was not particularly familiar with, acrylics and I started to use my fingers as my main tools. There was like a eureka moment: unlearned what I learned, recover my natural instinct to play, to invent, to listen to my intuition. Letting go of perfection!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do, why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work? I’m trying to find my way in the Houston art community as a French, self-taught, female painter who doesn’t relate to any painting style “box.”
I like to call myself a “life” painter, who works from intuition, emotion, and fun. Spontaneous expression that is nonlinear and nonlogical instead of an intellectual exercise for technical perfection.
I use mostly acrylic paint, my fingers, knives, brushes but also anything I can grab around the house which can make interesting shape or texture.
Painting is my daily meditation; I paint for the joy of freedom. The freedom of being myself, letting go of judgments and expectations and trusting the process!
Painting makes me happy! I hope my work touches your heart, soul, and mind…
How can artists connect with other artists? I usually connect with other artists during Art Shows and markets but also on Facebook forums. I would say asking questions about their successes and struggles, marketing, pricing, and selling are always good conversation starters.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork? You can see my work on my website: https://www.celiamdargie.com, Facebook and Instagram.
I love meeting new people, come and see me, at various Art Shows and Markets around Houston.
I also organize a self-exploration painting workshop and birth art workshop.
Most info can be found on my website and social media.