Artists throughout the Caribbean, we have come to learn, come with personalities and characteristics as diverse as the works they produce. Very early in the foundation of My Island Art, we had the good fortune to meet an artist on St. Martin that absolutely personifies the serene images of island life she paints. We were soon taken in by her warm and welcoming personality, and quickly a friendship developed. We are thrilled today to introduce you to St. Martin based artist, Sylvie Charlot.
Born and raised in Pau, France, grew up the daughter of a father who too was an artist. Her father was an artist, as well as a street performer, dressing as a clown and playing his guitar for the approving crowds. His influence on her life was profound, and soon she became sensitive to painting too. At a young age the pleasure of painting eventually became a passion in her as well.
Tragedy unfortunately struck this young girl, and at the tender age of 15, Sylvie found herself alone as both parents succumbed to prolonged illness. Her heart was crushed, and as we can all imagine, she felt a need for a change in her scenery. In 1992 she wished to discover new horizons and decided to set down her suitcases and paint brushes in Saint Martin, F.W.I. Sylvie shares that she was instantly taken by the beauty of the landscapes, the colors that were before her eyes, the infinite blues of the Caribbean Sea, and the soft, peaceful life of the islands.
Like all of us, life’s events have a way of leaving their marks on our character. Such is the case with Sylvie as well. Many of her customers have discovered and appreciate the tender views she has of the beauty of the islands. Her depictions of its fauna and flora, as well as of the West Indian lifestyle and traditions are soothing reflections of the tropical spirit. From her paintings swells a love for the island, that was becoming a little more her’s with each subsequent brush stroke.
Sylvie is a self-taught painter whose gentle touch and pleasant smile evoke a softness found in each of her works. She prefers to work in watercolors, finding that the transparent colors sublimate the charm of the Caribbean landscape, and likes working in acrylic oils as well. She sets up her booth and daily exhibits her work, at the simple market along the waterfront in Marigot, St. Martin. Always ready with a smile, and a gentle greeting, Sylvie Charlot is a shear delight to visit with.
We invite you to explore the works and the world of Sylvie Charlot in our Charlot Catalog. And if you find yourself in the Market in Marigot, stop in and meet the gentle spirt that is, Sylvie Charlot.
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