133x86cm, mixed media on canvas, 2008
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1931, Huguette Caland is the only daughter of the first president of the Republic of Lebanon. She began painting at the age of 16 under the private tutelage of Fernando Manetti, an Italian artist who resided in Lebanon. She then studied art at the American University of Beirut, lived in Paris for 17 years, and spent some time working in New York. Huguette eventually settled in Venice, California in 1987 where she currently lives and works. (From huguette caland, found by way of hakutou garden)
These two paintings speak to me. They also make me think of some of my favourite paintings by Paul Klee, who is another endless source of inspiration.