Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Believe In Artists: Giselle Denis

Artist Giselle Denis live painting a $100,000 Lexus at Vignettes Design Show

I shared a post on the I Believe In Art Facebook page recently where I conveyed how much the art and life of Claude Monet inspires me and asked the question, "Who inspires you?".  I got some really great responses, including one from Artist Rozanna Moore McConnell of Indigo Child Studios where she mentioned another artist in her community, Giselle Denis.

As soon as I clicked over to Giselle's Facebook page, I saw why Rozanna was so impressed by her.  Not only is Giselle's art amazing but her passion and commitment to her craft is awe inspiring.  I knew I had to ask her if she would do an interview for this blog.  I'm sure once you are done reading it, you will see why I was so excited when she agreed. Enjoy!

Artist Giselle Denis In Her Studio With Her Painting, "Believing In The Bliss".

Question: I know art speaks its own language but if you had to describe your work in only six words, what would they be?

Giselle: My art represents hope and truth. 

"The Feeling Of A Place" Painting By Giselle Denis

Question: Who is your favorite artist (in any medium) and how do they inspire you?

Giselle: Claude Monet. The lightness in which he held his brush and the way he saw and looked at the world, and translated that perspective onto canvas. His brushstrokes were light, loose and playful. My approach is similar. I try to keep things loose and playful. Not overworked. More of a suggestion of a scene, rather than an actual scene. I feel like Monet painted the feeling of a place, rather than the literal place. 

Question: What inspires you to create?


-Long walks. 
-Long hours in the studio, which leads me down pathways of new direction and creative ideas. 
-Art shows to paint & prepare for. 
-Thankfulness & gratitude to have the privilege of being an artist. 
-My supportive family. 
-Ideas that keep me awake at night. 
-Summer time. 
-The sound of birds and the shining warmth of the sun. 
-I love to paint outdoors when I can. I take every opportunity possible to paint “en-plein air” since our outdoor season is so short. 
-Time spent with friends. 
-Time away from painting.

Giselle Denis Live Painting At Raffles Hotel Dubai 

Question: What is your favorite part of your creative process?


-Finishing the painting and naming it and then starting another one. Naming my art is just as fun as creating the painting. I am a trained musician, singer/songwriter. It’s what I was trained to do. But art has become the forefront of what I do. I use my songwriting abilities when naming my art. The sound words make when they roll off your tongue is important to me in the naming process. It should sound poetic in form. 

-I love being able to share art so quickly through social media these days. When I began my career, all I had was a website. Now your audience can be thousands of people with a photo and a click of a button. I love sharing why I gave the painting a certain name. Now I share a short story of the process of naming the painting. People really seem to connect with me and engage with me when I share my thoughts on the paintings. 

-I love sharing my art by painting in public. I paint weekly at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for their guests. I've been there for 3 years. It’s very rewarding to share my painting process in public. I paint quickly, so live painting is a good fit for me. During a 3-4 hour period, I make 2-3 paintings.

-I love the thick juicy paint. Not worrying about how much I go through is very liberating. I buy it by the gallon and have the freedom to use as much as I want.

-I love having a working studio space set up at all times, ready to have me come and create in it.

Giselle With Her Gallons Of Paint

Question: What is the most challenging part of your creative process and how do you meet that challenge?


-Staying fresh. 

-Staying true to who I am, how I see the world and how I paint that world. 

-When I take on commissions, remaining true to my painting style and learning how to deal with people who want to tell me how to make a great painting. Effectively communicating to my customers why they hired me to make a painting, and then asking them to entrust me as the artist professional to do a great job. 

-Knowing when to stop painting. People ask me frequently, “How do you know when a painting is done?” My answer is, “It is never ‘done’. You just have to know when to stop.”

"Tranquility" Painting By Giselle Denis

Question: And finally, what does "believing in art" mean to you?

Giselle: Believing in art, to me, means to trust the process. Trust yourself. Don’t second guess yourself, but if you do, trust you will figure it out. It also means hours spent painting. If you expect huge results but only paint a few times a year, you are not going to see huge results. But if you paint a little bit every day, you will see results a little bit every day. And then one day, you will wake up, and a few years will have gone by and you will see how far you've come. Believe you were created to create. Believe you have it in you. Believe you have unique and special ideas and that no one has your mind and can apply the paint onto canvas the way you do. Only you can see the world through your own eyes. Only you can interpret what you see and feel onto canvas the way you do.

My thanks to Giselle, for sharing her art, her insight and her inexhaustible creative spirit with us.  And thanks to Rozanna for bringing her to my attention!

To learn more about Giselle and her art, connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

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Until next time, Happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,