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An emotional connection to art

women in art

Milton artist believes in the ‘healing power’ of paintings BY CANDY WAYLOCK


he abstract paintings that encompass much of Isabelle’s Gautier’s portfolio reflect her need for viewers to see beyond the colors and the lines on the canvas, and to tap into something deep inside themselves. “My abstract work is more driven by the need to share emotions and bring people to see with another eye, to feel something different,” explained the Milton artist, whose work is found in galleries across the country. “My paintings are a reminder that there is much more beyond the limits of our daily lives that is worth discovering, a spiritual dimension to each of us.” In her Flower Collection, she paints from an energy derived from groupings of flowers that have a sense of tranquility and calm. Gautier believes the arts have a strong healing power, not only for the artists but for those who view it. “I paint the flowers theme more for peace and personal comfort,” Gautier said. “Studies have shown that flowers have a positive impact on emotional health, stimulate the memory and create subtle harmony in the body and soul. I hope their subtle energy gives positive and healing vibes.” Her entire Flower Collection will be on display during the Atlanta Fine Home Sotheby’s International Realty show in October to benefit breast cancer awareness and research. While her other works, including landscapes, will also be on display, she says the Flower Collection is appropriate for the cause. “Like many of us, we know or have known friends or family members who have been touched by breast cancer, and breast cancer

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awareness is a cause very close to my heart,” said Gautier. “I am happy to contribute, even modestly.” She has been an artist all of her life, beginning in her native France, and memories of her childhood there serve as inspirations for all her landscape paintings. She and her family moved to North Fulton in late 1999, following the wave of people who discovered everything the area offered. “We chose Alpharetta/Milton for its proximity to Atlanta, the quality of schools and housing, and the beautiful countryside,” said Gautier, whose two children are now adults off on their own. “The horse farms and green, rolling hills remind me of my native region of Normandy. I love it here.” While she took some art classes in high school, followed by a year of formal training at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Gautier considers herself a “self-taught” artist. Her real training was done through experimenting with materials, tools and methods, even creating her own palette knives. “Since childhood, I have always painted and played with colors and compositions,” she said. “It was always recreational with no purpose other than pleasure and self-development. She compares herself to an athlete who needs to run and exercise every day to not only feel complete, but to keep challenging herself to do more. “Painting is such a personal endeavor. It has been my lifesaving daily meditation,” Gautier said. “I am simply a person who can’t stop re-creating, re-imagining and re-inventing every day and every time I look at or do anything.” Becoming a commercial success was secondary to her need to create, and she credits her husband for encouraging her to think of herself as an artist. The first painting she sold was to friends who commissioned her even before she created a business. “It largely contributed to my confidence,” Gautier recalled. “It was a large, five-canvas painting to decorate their high ceiling foyer. Every sold painting is a recognition for the artist. It means a communication has been established.” Since then she has become a highly sought-after artist, with pieces in galleries all over the United States, primarily in the Southeast. Gautier works out of her basement

Gautier Art Show at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty 1125 Sanctuary Parkway Suite 400 Alpharetta Georgia 30009 Thursday, October 8th 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. 40% of the profit will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness + miniature paintings will be gifted to the first 30 guests. studio and keeps a vast body of work in her home, which she considers her “private gallery.” “I like to open my home to friends, art lovers, gallery owners, existing and future collectors to see my paintings,” she said. “I always have at least 100 paintings to show at all times.” The scope of the paintings, done over a period of time, reveals her entire body of work, allowing viewers to understand her art and its evolution. She says art lovers around the world share a common appreciation of quality art, but she has found differences between American and European consumers. She is amused by the “growing art market focused on matching your paintings with your sofa,” which is uniquely American. “Art is, as always, in the eye of the beholder,” said Gautier. “[But] overall, I think most French people would trust their own artistic tastes more than many Americans who ‘outsource’ it to professional designers and decorators.” Her advice to the novice collector is simply “trust yourself.” “Appreciation for art is extremely relative and subjective. Each person understands and ‘feels’ a painting with its own experience and sensitivity,” she said. “If a painting brings you happiness, it is a good painting and brings joy and beauty to your environment and daily life.” For more information on Isabelle Gautier, or to find gallery locations, visit her website at ■

Northside Woman, October 2015  

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