Jeanne Bessette (BessetteArt.com)
My teaching philosophy is simple…bring out the best in you. Using my intuition as a tool for transformation and growth, my goal is to get you focused on your best self.
Jeanne Bessette Artist Statement
At the heart of it, I’m a storyteller. When I enter the studio wrapped in my emotional blanket, it’s as if in that moment, the external world disappears. There is only my experience and I’m jazzed to share that story.
Here’s where I start: I have tables in my studio covered with plastic so I have a huge palette. I scribble, write, and play with paint as ideas and medium spill over each other in their excitement to be heard. Soon my entire life becomes a giant palette. As I begin to paint, I respond to my internal world and the painting begins to talk to me. My internal experience shifts, which then spills onto the canvas. It comes alive.
My abstracts are representative of the internal landscapes of my emotions and faraway memories. Color, lines and shapes tell those stories. My figures feel like friends who remind me: We are protected. We are safe. We are connected. We’re so OK!
Some days I can’t get the paint on the canvas fast enough as I spill over with energy and it could be dangerous to stand behind me as paint flies. Other days I don’t feel so okay, so I paint “not okay.” Then my paintings emerge from the creative soup to remind me that I’ve misplaced the truth that, in actually, we’re always okay and anything else is simply the story of the moment.
I paint on canvases as large as 6×6 feet! Painting this big is a very tactile experience. It allows my figures to dance right off the canvas and into my life without hesitancy or fear…accepting and offering emotional messages.
In the end, my work is about a strong desire to connect with others in hopes of inspiring, comforting or awakening.
Either way it’s only a story….and we are all storytellers.