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Monday, 21 April 2014
 Veronique Aniel
 

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Artist Biography

Described by some as a French Impressionist, Veronique was introduced to painting at an early age by her father who took her along as he painted "en plein-air" in the French Normandy countryside where she was born. She grew up in Paris and London, came to the US in 1957 and in 1984 obtained a BA in Studio Art at the College of Charleston.  She studied painting with William Halsey, and drawing and painting with John Michel. "The emphasis was on experimenting and being willing to take chances", and she says that this attitude remains with her to this day.

In 1984 she obtained a Master's in Clinical Counseling at the Citadel and worked as a therapist until 2002. She continued to paint during that time, and had occasions to use painting and drawing as a therapeutic tool with her clients.  She continued to enter local shows and to win some awards.  She teaches a class on James Island which focuses on mixing colors.

"I do not aim for a photographic reproduction of the subject; the emphasis is on portraying the light and colors accurately.  I like for the viewer to create his own interpretation of the subject.  I paint in acrylics, and work in layers and use a knife once the values have been established to help create vibrancy in the colors.  I feel that I have been influenced by the Impressionists both French and American as well as Wolf Kahn.  My goal is to continue to grow, and I enjoy plein-air painting both locally and when I travel to different places." 

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