Impressions de la Réunion
A magical three weeks on the island ...
Thanks to my friends, Colette and Jean-Michel, I had the opportunity to spend some time on the island of Réunion in March 2022.
I was there for three weeks and we travelled all around the island together.
The pieces created during my visit - the postcards and Réunion - Les Couleurs I to IV, are full of light and the colours of the sea, sky and flowers.
It was only later, back home that I started creating the other paintings, with my memories of the island of Réunion - the colours of the mountains (and their creation), from the volcano and the lava.
During my stay in La Réunion, I walked on both the ancient and more recent lava. I walked down into and back up from the Grand Bassin, and I walked three days on the ‘Cirque de Mafate’. The mountains of the interior of the island were constantly in my thoughts - particularly those close to Salazie, the Dos d’Ane and Maido. That’s why these pieces are so full of the colours of fire, the mountains, lava and vegetation.
Two videos from Réunion:
The first shows Réunion through the photographs I took, plus the artworks made there.
The second takes you around the subsequent Impressions de la Réunion exhibition.
‘Pitaya’ is different and represents a new direction (I discovered the fruit for the first time in Réunion, and loved it!), using folded canvas.
I have continued my exploration with folded canvas with the two pieces titled ‘Tresses’, inspired by the waterfalls and the vegetation that tumble down the mountains.