From Victor Shukov's article this week in the West Island Gazette:
“The idea of grace appeals to me,” says Gallien. “It implies both
the gratitude for inspiration received and the impulse to evoke beauty in art.
Every painting is an act of grace meant to pass on that inspiration to the
viewer. My vision is that the exhibit is a kind of Thanksgiving event that is
shared by all who attend. This sharing is an essential part.”
A teacher of yoga and meditation, her flowing watercolors express
her desire to heal the human heart. Says Gallien, “In painting, I use the riches of meditation to convey harmony and serenity. Like in music, pure color sends out a frequency or vibration. As an energy healer, I feel life energy through mhands, and how better to express that experience than through the act of painting.”
Gallien has a developed sensitivity and attunement to color. She
is less interested in painting the object, and inclined towards the
very essence of the subject matter, using colors to induce an elevated
state of consciousness in the viewer. “I want the colors to infuse the
room, to set the mood in their setting. A painting can uplift the mood of
both the room and the person in it.”
Gallien takes a non-traditional approach to watercolors by painting in
successive layers, creating a saturation of color to express the effect of
Nature blooming and bursting forth in pure joy.
At her October exhibit in the Beaconsfield Library, she says, “I am
inviting color to tell the story of this incredible beauty we receive from
Nature. We are here to acknowledge and celebrate it.” She believes that the
highest human expression is creativity.
Gallien paints from the heart, hoping to inspire the spirit of the
viewer. Her luminous paintings are vehicles for her vision of the beautiful.
The style is Impressionistic but leaning toward the abstract, making it at once
both modern and traditional. There are also noticeable Oriental influences in
some pieces. This aesthetic comes naturally to her as a long-time practitioner
of Eastern teachings.
Gallien:“We’re at a point in time when east and west are blending
in the world. This naturally is expressed in our western art as it is in the
spirit of those influenced by eastern thought. Art is the ambassador of truth in
the sense that it opens a door to a new way of seeing. I see yoga students and
mediators being drawn to my work. Anyone seeking to create a sanctuary in their
personal space might appreciate my paintings.”