Gianne de Genevraye: Contemporary Nature Painter
Why I Paint
I paint and exhibit internationally to bring a message of sustainability, accessibility and beauty to my patrons, collectors and viewers.
Sustainability. As a California native, I've seen how nature is manipulated in ways that are environmentally unsuitable: green lawns and rose gardens in the desert, and tropical plantings sustained by copious amounts of potable water. As I paint around the world, I see that the most beautiful gardens…indeed the most perfect places…are all suited exactly to their environment and are not forced. Climate change is altering world environments: California is experiencing its most severe and prolonged drought in recent history and population pressures will continue to put a premium on water sources. It has become abundantly clear to me the most beautiful and perfect of gardens of today and tomorrow will be composed of sustainable native and water friendly plants. I celebrate this trend in my painting by focusing on sustainable plants in the environments they thrive in.
Accessibility. I paint and exhibit in public gardens and spaces with the intent to show my work to a broader audience. Painting in public spaces gives me the opportunity to not only interact with the public, but also provide the viewer with a new way of seeing forms, shapes, color and the sculptural aspect of the natural world. Accessible art means the pieces challenge, but don't intimidate the viewer. My painting broadens and contemporizes the scope of plein air painting from tightly rendered brush strokes and compositions which puts the viewer outside of the frame looking in, to a broader and looser brush technique that draws the viewer into the painting. My paintings show the immediacy of a moment in time captured as nature is changing the very composition. Capturing a moment between the pulse of change is immensely satisfying to the viewer because it means there is always something new to be seen in the garden: it is a never ending source of delight and discovery.
Beauty. There was a time when the idea of native plants was "weeds and cactus." Today, the Mediterranean biotope native garden is filled with succulents, grasses and desert exotics with some of the most exquisite blooms and sculptural forms on the planet. The native garden tends to have singular plants with spectacular focal points. My paintings bring the beauty of native plans to the viewer and inculcate a desire to re-create the splendor of the native garden in their own setting. I believe the native garden is the place where we are most closely aligned with our creator. Man is truly meant to live in the garden. My paintings celebrate the garden in the public places we visit and creates a desire to bring that beauty home so that it surrounds us.
The public gardens of the world are my canvas to bring a message of sustainability, accessibility and beauty to people. 

Upcoming Expositions and Residencies

Upcoming Expositions and Residencies

Eilenroc Villa, Antibes, France, solo exposition from May 26 through September 15
International Rose Competition, The Orangerie of Parc du Bagatelle, Paris, solo expo June 21
Festival Chopin in The Orangerie of Parc du Bagatelle, Paris, June 23 through July 14
Solo Exposition Newport Beach Central Library, California, January 7 to March 4, 2019 with presentation speech Jan. 10
CAP selection of artists, Mayor's office in Laguna Beach, California, July, 2018, group show
Residency Desenzano, Lago di Garda, Italy, September/October 2018
Olympia, Greece Spring, 2019

Current Residency

I was given the authorisation to paint in the famous gardens of Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. I will be painting here for the next seven weeks beginning May 2nd. The twelve paintings that I intend to do will be exhibited in the Orangerie (seen above) for the International Rose Competition on June 21st (open only to professionals), followed by the 35th Annual Chopin Festival, an excellent series of classical concerts from June 23 through July 14. I invite you to purchase tickets in advance for this very popular summer music festival.
I am very eager to get to work, the garden offers infinite plant subjects!