Alexandra Bastien UKCPS Silver
As far as I can remember, I have always created. From the time I was a little girl, I had created an imaginary world of my own. Perhaps it served as a survival mechanism or a way to chase my boredom. At that time, I didn't know that I could make a living out of it but I knew that I would devote my life to my creation, to my drawings.
Above all, I love to work with coloured pencils and to feel the texture of paper. They are definitely my favorite medium. This ritual fulfills me with an incredible energy. The way I work with coloured pencils is by superimposing around fifty layers of colour in a very precise manner. I need to memorize each layer of colour that I apply until I finish my painting. Because in this way, I can "strip" and reveal the first sets of colors applied on paper and create a reaction from the wax and the pigment of the pencil. This technique enables me to draw on a more or less textured ammunition paper and produce beautiful glazed effects.
Before starting a new drawing, there are a series of steps that I undertake. I anticipate my artistic endeavour with my model, then I analyze the decorative elements, the colours and the perspective. There is always a long preparation before each of my coloured pencil paintings as well as the drawing of a great number of sketches. I believe all this process helps me to evolve with a greater depth.
My creativity is mostly expressed from real life models. My fascination with people is my main source of inspiration. To express an emotion through forms and colors makes for an extraordinary experience. Through my drawing, I transpose on paper what touches and brings me wonderment. For now, I like the idea of creating the sentiment of happiness for those who look at my paintings.
I can't imagine my life without art. It is the path where I can fully bloom. My art also provides a wonderful opportunity to travel and to meet people. I dream of going all over the world, since I believe traveling still remains one of the greatest ways to learn about human nature.