Born in 1980 in Annecy, in the heart of the French Alps, LiliFlore (otherwise known as Aurélie Barbe) has always been fascinated by the beauty of nature. Naturally, like many children, she began by documenting this beauty in colored pencil. Her mother, herself a painter, passed on the desire to create and, above all, an awareness of the value of effort.
Art quietly worked itself into Aurélie’s life: a few watercolors, several sketches, and some photos saw the light of day from time to time. But it wasn’t until she came to Quebec in 2007 that she chose to fully express her awe at the wonders of nature. Quebec’s fall colors played a big role, and they are a recurring theme among her artwork. And thus, the painter LiliFlore was born.
The palette knife is her tool of choice and oil paint her preferred medium, but since the spring of 2014 she has been playfully experimenting with acrylic, giving rise to her first abstract paintings. Whatever the medium, her work is a fusion of light, contrast, and bright colors.
« Even with my abstract paintings, trees, animals, or oceans are never far away. For me, painting is a way to express the gratitude I feel every day from living on such a beautiful planet. It’s a way for me to thank Mother Nature. Just as a child presents his mother with a drawing to say he loves her… »