Martine Jardel

Highlands 45, Oil On Canvas 40 x 30 inches

Highlands 45

Oil On Canvas 

30 x 40 inches

Highlands 44, Oil On Canvas 30 x 40 inches

Highlands 44

Oil On Canvas 

30 x 40 inches

Highlands 46, Oil On Canvas 36 x 72 inches

Highlands 46

Oil On Canvas 

36 x 72 inches

Highlands 50, Mixed media, 48 x 60 inches

Highlands 50

Oil On Canvas

48 x 60 inches 

Highlands 35, Oil On Canvas, 64 x 80 inches

Highlands 35

Oil On Canvas 

64 x 80 inches

Highlands 57, Oil On Canvas 51 x 62 inches

Highlands 57

Oil On Canvas

51 x 62 inches

Highlands 24, Oil On Canvas 36 x72 inches

Highlands 24

Oil On Canvas 

36 x 72 inches

Highlands 19, Oil On Canvas 36 x 42 inches

Highlands 32

Oil On Canvas 

24 x 36 inches

Martine Jardel’s paintings show a process of sedimentation, thin layers of paint combined with a cold wax process lets the light seep out from within the painting. The effect of color transparencies, light and dark, help create a mood or an atmospheric quality which enhances the reading of marks, lines and colors as loose depictions of elements in nature. Recurrent shapes, a tree or a body? Sky or water? Ultimately they are but traces, remnants of images with no fixed identity.

The artist was born in Paris and earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and her Master of Fine Art, also in painting at San Francisco State University. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and one woman shows including two in Paris in 2003 and 2005. She currently lives and maintains a studio in the Bay Area.

I like to see my paintings as spaces of ambiguity inviting the viewer to a patient contemplation.