May 22, 2014

French Artist Houel Featured in Ligonier Art Walk



Cecile made it through raindrops to Conte's Gallery

Cecile made it through raindrops to Conte’s Gallery

The on and off inclement weather couldn’t cloud the enthusiasm that greeted portraiture artist Cecile Houel during her May 10, 2014 visited to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Rain poured down as I arrived at the last minute at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, located at One Boucher Lane on Rt. 711 south of Ligonier. The buffet brunch I attended featured Cecile copying a painting of an intriguing woman. The painting will be auctioned on May 31 at SAMA’s 13th Annual Spring Garden Party, The Thrill of the Hunt for Art. Proceeds will benefit SAMA.

Cecile (left) with Gretchen Griffith, co- chair of the SAMA Garden Party

Cecile (left) with Gretchen Griffith, co- chair of the SAMA Garden Party

Cecile, an international portrait artist, currently exhibits her work throughout France and the United States. She says

  • “I paint more portraits because I’m fascinated by humanity, in a spirit of tolerance, respect and love for the other. If I can express those feelings in my paintings, I will consider I have accomplished an important act as an artist.”
  • “…there is two processes in my proposition, one is esthetic and the other is ethical. It forces me to think deeply my choices, and be very demanding when I paint. But most of all, I listen to my heart simply and faithfully and the beat that I hear gives me all the inspiration I need.”

Before she started painting she explained that she used varying types of Pastels and rough paper. “…Pastel, is very subtle, and needs a light hand most of the time, fewer strong strokes rarely.”

Those attending the event watched in awe as the woman’s picture emerged with strokes of Cecile’s skilled fingers: first in black lines, then in with color.

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“It was amazing how fast she worked, two hours…,” said Sommer Toffle, SAMA coordinator.

IMG_4801While Cecile completed her painting, being titled The Portrait, her husband, artist David Garrison, was on the Ligonier Diamond competing with the weather in a attempt to (more…)

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