By EMILY ENFINGER, Le Courrier
HOUMA, Louisiana (AP) – Using paint and a palette knife, Houma’s artist Stacey Fabre carves views of New Orleans and the bayou onto canvas for viewers to savor and think about it.
Fabre holds an art degree from Nicholls State University and creates his paintings in his home studio in Houma. Fabre grew up in the West Bank and draws inspiration from scenes from New Orleans that she familiarized herself with and fantasized about in her youth.
“It was this magical place, which looked like a fairy land with this bright red wheel crossing the river, it was the Natchez paddle wheel, but to me it was like Doctor Seuss on the water”, Fabre said.
“And I would see what I thought was the castle and a princess living there, but it’s Saint Louis Cathedral.” And all the buildings there were so different. I felt like you had been to another country, so it was this magical place, and it never lost that attraction for me, ”she said.
Fabre paints views she wants to spend time in, places she could sit down to enjoy the moment and the details and life that often go unappreciated. His paintings exclude time references and people, giving them a timeless quality. She also paints bayou scenes and flower arrangements as an alternative to cityscapes.
Fabre likes to use saturated colors, high contrast, and lots of texture using palette knives in a technique called impasto painting.
“I am obsessed with palette knives and bring peaks and valleys to paint like sculpture meets paint. My interpretation of using a lot of paint is that I use a knife to sculpt the paint, so it’s a little different, ”she said, explaining that impasto is generally a fast painting style. for more abstract pieces.
Before becoming a painter, Fabre was a portrait painter in pencil. The desire to include every little detail in her painting style, she said.
“So (I’m) very used to using a very small point, and if I ever tried to paint I wanted a brush that had like a hair in it to get all those little details. The knife is therefore a way for me to remain more loose. But let me take something that’s supposed to be a little more abstract and loose and make it into extremely detailed pieces, ”she said.
Fabre made her first painting commission in 2008. By this time, she was exploring painting and had painted a scene for her mother – the sight her mother would see outside her front door. A friend saw the painting on her phone and ordered her first painting, titled “Fleur de vin”.
“Very quickly I went from ‘Oh, I’m just going to play with that little plastic knife’ to ‘OK, I bought as a complete set.’ I bought a $ 4 metal knife, which was a big improvement, and started painting, and made my first order and that piece turned into something that I still have in the studio today, ”said Fabre.
In his studio and online, Fabre sells both original paintings, prints and stretched canvas reproductions. She uses a local company in Thibodaux, Prints and Note Cards, to make her prints and reproductions.
Although being a painter was not part of his life project, Fabre said it had been a blessing.
“Life has a way of changing your plans. And I had a very planned life when I went to college. Then I had a head injury, a serious accident, and when that happened it changed my attitude and my perspective on what was important in life, ”said Fabre.
“So you have to be open to the possibilities of change, and change can be beautiful and take you down unexpected paths,” she said. “Being a painter as a profession was never on my radar when it came to what was going to happen in my life, and it was such a blessing to do so. “
For more information on Stacey Fabre and her art, visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/StaceyFabreArt or her website at staceyfabre.com.
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