Jean Marie Drouet is a talented French surfer/artist. His captivating paintings capture the carefree feeling of a good day spent at the beach with family or surfing with friends, and is executed with a high level of skill and craft. We spoke with Jean Marie to learn more.
What was your childhood like?
Happy and free.
What inspired you to begin creating art?
Many many different things. First it was the drawings (comics) of Moebius, Jeff Jones. Later Edward Hopper paintings and N.C Wyeth. I’ve been drawing since I was a child. Always making art for me is an obvious act. I need to create worlds and universes through my painting.
What do you hope to create in the mind of the person viewing your art?
I just want they feel quiet and peaceful looking my paintings. I want to paint the light and the calm.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out? And why?
Greek island is a place I like to be because of the beauty, quiet, and because of the constant blue sky.
Who/what inspires you?
The human and light. This is my main source of inspiration
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
I don’t have finish to learn.
What are you most proud of?
To live by only painting – that’s the real freedom.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Surfing and the life on the seaside is a great way of life.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Surfing and creating.
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
I don’t know people in the surfing world but I grew up with the dawn of windsurfing. I bought my first windsurfing board in 1978. Robby Naish was a good role model. I windsurf anymore, I only surf.
What “Golden Rule” do you live by?
“Just do what you want to do” – Neil Young
What is your favorite board? Your favorite surfspot?
I prefer longboard and the spirit of this way of surfing. My favorite spot is 5 minutes from my workshop. It does not have the best waves, but it’s cool.
What’s your favorite meal?
Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
No ipod for me. I prefer to have my ears kept free.
What’s next for Jean Marie Drouet?
Always painting, surfing and living in my quiet town by the seaside. Just like today.
Find out more about Jean Marie Drouet and his art here.