Born and raised in Paris, France, award-winning artist Flo de Bretagne moved to the Bay Area in 2005. Her paintings are shown on both continents and are part of private and corporate collections throughout the world. They are uplifting, colorful, and very creative. Bretagne represents fruitful seeds, alpha animals, and French landscapes. Her whimsical seeds speak about the fruitfulness of life. Her alpha animals show that there is a fine line between power/strength and vulnerability. And her French landscapes are an ideal vision of France after living in the Bay Area for the past 14 years.
Bretagne’s inspiration surely finds its roots in her childhood: the family house where she grew up had colorful wallpapers portraying wild animals in lush gardens, and paintings of her ancestors depicted majestic persons. Her move to California brought a new layer to her artwork: the stunning Californian landscapes with extraordinary trees, colorful butterflies, and varied plants, all are represented in Bretagne’s paintings today.
Besides her work in the studio, Bretagne has painted more than 100 murals at various schools throughout the Bay Are. It has considerably widened her artistic experience and the scope of her work. “I was first drawn to these projects by the larger scale,” she says, “and soon realized that the scope of this new work was also much larger. By reaching thousands of families, teachers, members of the community or local firms who participated in the work, it was way more challenging and more exciting. I am passionate about inspiring youth and promoting educational values.” Right in the middle of Atherton, she painted several murals at Selby Lane School.
Whether through her mural projects or a private tour of her studio that she would be happy to give you, Bretagne always enjoys meeting art lovers and collectors, sharing with them her inspiration, her passion, and a little bit more background about her work.
You can contact her at (650) 269-7944 and preview her work on her website.
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Quotes from the Artist:
Inspirations: All of my paintings are about joy and optimism, the beauty of creation and fruitfulness of anyone’s life.
I like playful, silly things, witty creations that come directly from the heart.
Technical Perspectives: I use both mostly. What I like with acrylics is that it’s immediate, you can get some big areas of bold colors at once, like Matisse when he was cutting papers and putting them together
Interview With Florence de Bretagne