ARTIST STATEMENT

“In my studio is where I find solace, freedom from responsibility;

where I am free to express my love for art with no limitations…”

     Pushing the boundaries of creativity is what I enjoy most!  My paintings are typically a composite of a photograph and my imagination where I creatively blend the two.  Not being bound to specific shapes or colors but rather having the freedom to use my creative spirit is what I relish.  Being intrigued by line and shape, it was instinctive to be drawn to figurative art where my female figures appear soft and gentle but have an obvious mysterious edge.  My love for figurative art carries over to my abstract work where the sensual line and shape is evident again in hopes of stirring the curiosity of viewers, perhaps transporting them to a familiar, soothing place.

       At the start of a painting, my focus is on color harmony and composition.  Therefore, a color palette is chosen with paints laid out in front of me, and then I move on to composition.  Initially, I have an idea of what the composition will be, but in the end, the painting dictates to me!    Having a passion for heavy texture, I begin by building layers using various acrylic mediums.  Working on a flat surface, I utilize both brushes and palette knives manipulating oils, acrylics, inks, and charcoal.  Using a loose style, I apply paint sometimes tilting, dripping and spraying which frees my imagination, and the composition comes to life in a soulful movement, giving me direction. 

     I strive to create art that will enrich the quality of life for myself and others and that will inspire a desire to create by pushing the boundaries of creativity.

Garnet Bernard LeMaire

Biography

Garnet LeMaire | Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity 

 


Having always loved the world of art, figurative abstract painter, Garnet LeMaire, contributes her own unique style and flare to the artistic milieu.  She specializes in the female figure with spontaneous, abstract backgrounds.  Her rich palette blends with vibrant color and contributes to the mysticism and soulfulness of her work. 

Growing up in the small town of Loreauville, Louisiana, LeMaire was raised in humble circumstances. She enjoyed outdoor activities and learned to sew at an early age by observing her grandmother on her pedal sewing machine. “I’ve never given it much thought, but perhaps that is when my love of ‘creativity’ was born,” LeMaire explains.  “Sewing is a form of art after all!” 

LeMaire recognized her passion and attraction to art early on. However, it wasn’t until she began her career as an elementary education teacher when she realized how much she was affected and intrigued by art.  “Yes, ‘intriguing’ is the word I like to use when I describe my interest in art. I love that the possibilities are endless, and I am always searching for new techniques or ideas with which to experiment. It seems that I have a never-ending desire to create.” 

LeMaire attended the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. She chose teaching because of the fulfillment she felt while watching and experiencing students succeed and the impact she could have on the lives of children on a daily basis.  She states, “Every day in the classroom is different from the day before. Being in the classroom was demanding and required creativity. I enjoyed using songs and role playing to convey knowledge and skills.  Realizing that people have different ways of learning required me to reach out to the various learning styles that include auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, and visual. This was certainly challenging, but it was amazing to see children reach their own potentials.” 

Her need for creativity in the classroom opened her mind to the world of art that ultimately changed the direction of her life. LeMaire began researching famous artists and became especially fascinated by impressionistic and abstract styles.  “Immersing myself into the world of art is something I take pleasure in,” she explains.  She notes Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh as some of her mentors and influences in her early studies. “Introducing my students to the world of art became a vital part of the classroom curriculum,” she explains. “Once I retired from the teaching profession, I began studying art and have continued my studies to this day.”

LeMaire enjoys researching processes and techniques and has attended many workshops over the years to gain perspective. She has gained knowledge in and experimented with oils, acrylics, charcoal, encaustics, and collage. “Initially, I studied the works of Henry Asencio in my early days of lessons,” she furthers, “and my favorite online and at-home DVD studies have been with Robert Burridge. “Each time I study under another artist, I gain insight on their individual creative approach and techniques, and sometimes I incorporate that into my own style. 

LeMaire has developed a loose style that is a composite of photographs and her imagination which allows her to creatively blend the two. “I am also inspired and motivated by other creative people, therefore, I enjoy spending time with other artists,” she claims. “It seems to trigger something in me.” This creative closeness allows LeMaire to experience an open artistic flow that has made way for her unique style and process. 

There is a clear passion for heavy texture in LeMaire’s work, and she loves pushing the boundaries. “Experimentation has been my ‘best friend’ with regards to developing my technique,” she states. She utilizes palette knives and brushes to manipulate oil, acrylics, and charcoal to achieve her goals with texture.  These tools help aide in the soulful movement of her imaginative subject matter.

“My love for figurative art developed early on,” she explains. “When painting female figures, my goal is to have them appear soft  and gentle, yet always having that mysterious edge. I also enjoy painting flowers from my imagination and dramatic abstract crosses.  Not being bound to specific shapes or realistic colors really allows me to use my creative spirit.” 

LeMaire currently resides in Lafayette, where she is continually learning and creating in her at-home studio space. She continues to educate herself with the most current techniques. In addition, LeMaire and her husband Thomas are avid supporters of their community. They serve as Rain Angels for Festival International de Louisiane, contribute to several local charities, and are strong supporters of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church. 

LeMaire has donated paintings to the American Cancer Society Gala and to Palates and Pate’ in support of shelters for women and children. As a former educator, she has enjoyed being a member of the Lafayette Education Foundation Board and was a volunteer for VITA where she worked with illiterate adults. 

Garnet and her family enjoy attending the many music and art festivals held in Lafayette and surrounding areas; Rhythms on the River, Downtown Alive, Festival International, and Festivals Acadiens to name a few! She also participates in the local downtown art walk which takes place monthly. 

The arts are thriving in Lafayette and she considers it a blessing to live in a community where appreciation for the arts is so evident.  She is proud to have her work represented by local galleries, and also participates in art shows periodically in Lafayette and surrounding areas. 

Every piece of LeMaire’s work shows mastered technique, skill, and artistic vision.  There is movement and light; a mood that expertly carries her overall mission: “To enrich the quality of life for myself and others through my expression of art. “To inspire a thirst for knowledge and a desire to create by pushing the boundaries of creativity.”

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garnetlemaire@aol.com… 337-519-4978 … www.garnetlemaire.com

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Garnet earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Her need for creativity in the classroom opened her mind to the world of art that ultimately changed the direction of her life.  LeMaire continues her independent studies by researching processes and techniques and has attended many workshops over the years to gain perspective.

 

STYLE

LeMaire is a mixed-media artist and works primarily with acrylics, inks, and charcoal.  Having a passion for heavy texture, she begins by building layers using various acrylic mediums.  Her paintings are typically a composite of a photograph and her imagination where she creatively blends the two.  Favorite subject matters include impressionistic female figures and non-representational abstracts.  Most of Garnet’s paintings are done on gallery-wrapped canvases with painted edges.  As another option, she also works with a custom framer who builds contemporary floater frames which complement her pieces well.

 

FAMILY

Garnet and her husband, Thomas, are avid supporters of their community and are the parents of three daughters.  The entire family enjoys attending the many music and art festivals held in Lafayette and surrounding areas.

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Garnet’s paintings may be acquired through fine art galleries in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Bernard LeMaire Art Gallery…www.garnetlemaire.com…Lafayette, Louisiana

The Birds Nest...331 Heymann Boulevard...Lafayette, Louisiana

Barnel’s Art and Framing Gallery…302 Guilbeau Road…Lafayette, Louisiana

Muse Lafayette...101 Settlers Trace Blvd, Ste 1007...Lafayette, Louisiana

O2 Face and Body...Main Street, River Ranch...Lafayette, Louisiana

 

 

 

PRIVATE COLLECTORS INCLUDE

George Pius, Abu Dubai, UAL

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Griffith, Crowley, Louisiana

Mr. Hugh Fisher, Lafayette, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Robichaux, Youngsville, Louisiana           

Dr. & Mrs. Jason Charrier, Youngsville, Louisiana

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