Artist Biography French artist Mary Chaplin lives and works in Wailly, a picturesque hamlet surrounded by ponds, rivers and woods, in the North of France. For more than twenty years she has worked as a self-taught professional artist, always inspired by nature and by the varying effects of light. She started her career by painting figurative scenes she saw around her in the French countryside. Her first artworks were representations of landscapes, gardens, forests, rivers or lakes, which allowed her to explore different techniques, including pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor. However, both her life and career reached a turning point in 2005 when she witnessed the ‘holy light’ in a chapel she was visiting; she was deeply touched and inspired by the beauty of the reflections coming from the stained-glass windows, and thus she started painting them, calling them her ‘reflections’, or, in French, ‘méditations’. After that experience in the chapel, her will to convey the ephemeral nature of the light she captures, and its soothing warmth, became stronger. This new artistic birth enabled her to follow new paths in which she explores light’s numerous and everchanging facets. This deeply influenced her artistic style and work as it gave them a new dimension, shifting from a figurative representation of light in landscapes and still life to an abstract and more personal and metaphorical interpretation and appropriation of light’s fugacity. Since her beginnings, Mary Chaplin’s work has been published in several articles in the press and in specialized art magazines. It also has been broadcasted on television and is regularly exhibited in festivals dedicated to sacred art as well as in art galleries throughout different countries, including France, Belgium and England. Artist Statement Through my art, I transfer the deep emotions that I feel are conveyed by light. The observation of light, when it is transformed after passing through stained-glass windows or when it is reflected on the surface of water, is the starting point of my artwork. These observations take me on a path of meditation in which each canvas becomes a spiritual journey in and towards light, as a metaphor for the everchanging and fluctuating nature of life. I also wish my artwork to serve as an invitation for others to join me in this meditation on the ephemeral nature of light, on its simplicity, beauty and frailty, as a metaphor for life in general. On this abstract path, even darkness becomes a pretext for more light. And light, darkness, as well as the colors they create, are the way I have found to truly express my inner self. Through abstract representations of light, I travel; my only compass is my heart and, as an artist, I feel I am free to let my inspiration take me where it wishes to. This is why I use various techniques and materials, from pastel to oil, from paper to canvases or Plexiglas, so that I can convey my emotions and meditations in the most suitable way possible
I travel along wandering paths ranging from figurative to non-figurative depending on my mood, I’m not trying to follow a trend, I express my emotions, I listen to my heart and for me that freedom is the primary meaning for a professional artist.
Mary Chaplin gives introductory courses in various techniques, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, drawing techniques, oil painting…
Training courses for confirmed, amateur artists and initiation for beginners
These courses are open to all, beginners or more experienced artists. Lessons available weekdays during the day or evening, in small groups, maximum 4 people. Mary Chaplin guides her students through observation of the environment, at the same time by opening doors to various techniques. Open your eyes, observe nature, the world around us to findones own expression … The courses are moments of painting together in good ambiance!
Information about possible future course dates at 0624724916. Please send me your details if you are interested through the contact page of my site.
Important: Only registration with payment of a deposit is taken into account. In case of cancellation the deposit is not returnable. Thank you for your understanding
Professionnal artist, registered with « Maison des Artistes »
Studio visits and prices on request.
Even though paintings can be seen on internet, there is no substitute for seeing them in my gallery.
All works and texts are protected © Adagp Paris, reproduction is forbidden.
Few exhibitions :
2016/ 2017. Exhibition in the Art Gallery HUIS HUIS , Gent, Belgium
My work is now represented on the Artsyshark website, please, have a visit! link
Recent news: Manhattan Art International
I received an award for my work on Nature from Renée Philipps and her Jury in the exhibition ‘New Beginnings’ see on the folowing link HERE
The garden in front of my studio in Wailly, 80160 near Conty, Vallée de Selle, Picardy
Exhibition in Meru (60) Picardy in the beautiful new artistic Domino center. Invited by the council in the context of a hommage to Mary Cassat who lived near Méru.