Célia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
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 four 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!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m trying to find my way 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 do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I think being successful is being able to show and share your passion. If fame & fortune comes with it (While alive…), it’s a bonus…Ultimately, if you love what you are doing, and if you can live off it, you are successful!To attain success requires a lot of work and dedication. You have to be persistent, resilient, patient, passionate, disciplined, flexible, imaginative, playful…ut the strongest factor to success is self-esteem: Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it and believing you’ll get it.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Come and see me, Most info can be found on my website, Facebook and Instagram. I participate in various Art Shows and Markets. I also organize self-exploration painting and birth art workshop.Likes, share and comments on my social media are always welcome.
- Website: https://www.celiamdargie.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celiamdargie
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/celiamdargie/