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My Credo

I would like my painting to initiate a dialogue with the observer, to offer a subtle reminder of our fundamental task, a search for happiness. By painting a representation of a real object and achieving the illusion of reality, I wish to lead the viewer towards an emotional reaction that is soothing and inspiring.

Communicating through a complex assemblage of line and form, colour and tone, harmony, unity and rhythm, I seek to create a magical scene, reminiscent of the natural world, but which goes beyond the natural reality – a reflection of that timeless beauty present and enduring in all of us, and which at heart must compose the fabric of our social relations. For beauty, witnessed even in fleeting moments, buries deep in our mind and soul to provide a haven for suppressed tears and as yet unrealized dreams. It is an inspiration to journey within, to touch the light of true happiness, and thus bring forth the full measure of our compassion to join with the collective breath of community.

As I have progressed over the years with my painting I have turned towards the essential, back to basics – beauty. To recognise and appreciate external beauty is to reconnect with our own, a small but important step towards a better world.

A pursuit for happiness,
A spiritual approach to painting.

“Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought… In moments when the mind is rendered “speechless”, sometimes triggered by great beauty…suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is peace.” (Eckhart Tolle)

Global warming, exhaustion of the planet’s resources, wars and conflicts (social and personal) are the result of individual failure to find genuine happiness and contentment. Gurus travelling around the world and ancient spiritual teachings speak about finding the happiness within. Throughout the ages, people have been searching for the truth so they can be reminded of what is so important in their life.

I would like my painting to be an interactive tool with the observer, an image inspiring a subtle reminder of this fundamental task, a search for happiness. By painting a representation of a real object and achieving the illusion of reality, I wish to lead the viewer towards an emotional reaction that is soothing and inspiring. A painting is a complex assemblage of lines, colours and tones composed in a special way to achieve visual poetry. Overwhelming beauties coming from simplicity can override the analytic section of the brain and reach the core of our inner-self where peace and happiness reside.

Communication is an important part of painting and my measure of success is the level of interaction of the viewer. It is through the power of images that I ultimately aspire to positively affect the emotional state of the viewer.

The elements in the painting are structured to aspire towards a perfect composition according to the “Golden Rule”, that is harmony, unity and dynamic rhythm. Thus, the recreated imagery becomes a magical scene, which goes beyond the natural reality. It becomes more like a musical composition for the eyes that proposes an emotional journey of tone and colours, leading us to the beauty and the divine, which is common to all of us.

My goal is to create a painting which when touched by light produces ambient music, filling the air with calmness and inspiring a sense of plenitude. I invite the observer to put his thinking mind at rest, experience the present moment (here and now), and ultimately feel real peace and happiness. My work is therefore intended to go beyond being simply decorative; it is interacting with its environment in a living way.

Marcel Desbiens

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