Now and again, I am very fortunate to meet an artist whose work I immediately fall in love with. And sometimes, thanks to my camera and the blog, the initial meeting leads to an invitation to an atelier, and even a friendship.
I met Michel Charrier quite by chance via mutual friends. Quiet and modest, at first glance anything but a poetic and prolific artist. Someone mentioned his work and I showed my interest, and a few days later I was invited to his atelier.
Michel is a very talented watercolour artist. His work has been used by perfume brands, luxury French names and even by a well known make of macaroon.
Inside his home, he showed me some of his watercolours, starting off with the beautiful house portraits, both inside and out. Michel lives in Normandy, and besides painting scenes inspired by his own home and family, he also is commissioned to paint portraits of other people’s properties.
I am fortunate enough to have a small watercolour of my house in the snow, that he sent me as a greetings card!
His mood is light and carefree, there are big bouquets of romantic flowers around the rooms, and the light is always happy.
His other work that I loved are his equestrian images. He doesn’t own horses, or even ride, but he has an understanding of the horse anatomy and gait which is just breathtaking. Added to this his use of light, and the slightly disproportionate size between horse and rider and the result is quite beguiling.
Don’t be fooled by Michel’s website. His gift is creation and not so much marketing! But if you are interested in a portrait of a home or in any other pieces of his work, then you can contact him HERE.