Born in Libourne in 1952, pastellist Marie-Christine Coupillaud now lives in Bearn in the Pau region in France.

Passionate about painting since childhood, she took watercolour lessons and tried her hand at oils before discovering pastel in 2000. After a period of self-teaching, she perfected her training by participating in two workshops with the Maîtres Pastellistes de France in July 2004 and 2005 during the International Pastel Festival at FEYTIAT.


Like the impressionist painters, it is through the play of light and through blending that Marie-Christine COUPILLAUD shapes her works and transcribes a panel of emotions. Nature is a source of inexhaustible inspiration for her, and her landscape and animal pastels combine striking realism and surprising creativity.

The technique of dry pastel wonderfully combines softness, radiant colours, transparency and textures. Tactility is essential in this medium where pastel is worked into the paper with one’s fingers, like a sculpture modelled in two dimensions. The immediate contact allows real spontaneity.