Raphaella Vaisseau - Artist
For over twenty years, Raphaella’s medium of choice was watercolor. With her painting technique, watercolor lent itself nicely to the vibrant layering of color upon color which is one of her trademarks. Her larger, more intricate watercolors often took years to complete. In July of 2004, Raphaella added acrylic paintings on canvas to her repertoire, experiencing them as bold, brilliant and free expressions of color. Acrylics and watercolor, together with her fusion of words and art on her magnets, posters and quotes, make for three distinct styles of artistic expression that define Raphaella Vaisseau. The common thread that ties them all together is a mastery of color. “I interpret the beauty of life, and share my love of the natural world (and all living things) in abstract expressions of color and form. It’s as if I were looking through a crystal portal from another dimension, a dimension where color exists as an end in itself and thereby is itself a vehicle for transformation. Color bathes us in beauty, blesses and heals. Like beautiful music, color can lift our spirits to touch the divine.”
Echoes of her Norwegian cultural heritage, a love of Rosemaling, and an early fascination with Impressionism are evident in her early paintings as well as the art surrounding words on her magnets, posters and quotes. A leap into the unknown characterizes her new abstract expressions of acrylic on canvas. Early in her painting career, Raphaella made a commitment to follow her heart rather than her mind or any other external source for confirmation of what is. She keenly senses completion of a painting as if a pitch were suddenly in tune or a pendulum has stopped above its center. All of her painting is a meditation of breathing in and breathing out, letting go and letting God, with her focus on being a vessel for light and her heart’s expression. For Raphaella, the presence of heart in Heartful Art speaks to this devotion and to her belief that “in our hearts we are one heart”. Raphaella believes “a painting of a heart can remind us to focus in on our own hearts, to listen and trust our own inner guidance above all things”.
Born in 1947, Raphaella grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit Raphaella and Heartful Art on line at www.heartfulart.com. Most of all, thank you for choosing Heartful Art - art that’s full of heart.