At the age of five, Ginette Pitre already decided that she was an artist. As a young girl growing up in Queens, she would spend her free time roaming through Manhattan’s museums, taking art classes and sculpting in the basement of her parents’ house. When she decided as a late teen to become a painter, Ginette, though independently minded, sought to better her techniques under the tutelage of Frank Riley, a former league professor who went on to found his own school of realist painting.
Ginette Pitre soon broke free from the molding cast of education and went on to pursue her own and very personal painting career. Ginette soon became known for her incredibly contemporary and refreshing approach and painted what she felt was the most natural subject to paint: flowers. Using as of yet unknown techniques to draw flowers that she would create from her imagination. She would outline daisies with Chinese ink or etch out details from thickly coated acrylic flowers that she had painted onto her canvas.
Because of her keen sense for future trends, Ginette became the favorite of many designers and collectors. Her artistic curiosity and search for a richer spiritual experience through her paintings led Ginette to re-evaluate herself as an artist at many times during her long and fascinating career. A period in Telluride, Colorado took her away from painting entirely, allowing her to explore other realms of knowledge such as astrology, which she had already began studying as a late teen. Ginette also traveled extensively throughout northern Africa and South East Asia, collecting exotic clothing for her vintage store back home.
That time of introspection led her to Oregon, where she embarked on a new chapter in her painting career. Using the misty landscape of the Pacific Northwest as an inspiration, Ginette began airbrushing, creating an ethereal aura on canvas.
It didn’t take long, however, for Ginette Pitre to break away from the mist of airbrush and tackle vibrant colors through oil paints.
After moving to Hawaii in 1985 Ginette came back full circle to her original passion for flowers. But this time she approached them not as decorations on a canvas, but as wonders of nature through which she could communicate her deepened spiritual understanding of the environment surrounding her. Ginette’s paintings are actually vehicles of healing energy, as are flowers in their fragrant simplicity. She will spend as long as it takes to find the roses, lotus’, double hibiscus’, or peonies’ that speak to her personally. By magnifying flowers, Ginette Pitre exposes their deepest crevasses, their most tender spots, their raw sensuality and their vivid color, making them powerful and divine.
Her own life experience, her expertise in astrology, her travels, and her two-year period as artist in resident at the women’s gallery in Ubud, Bali, have taken Ginette Pitre to a level of spiritual consciousness, and her art has come to correspond to that consciousness. This heightened awareness and expansion of boundaries is also reflected in Ginette Pitre’s formless landscapes such as ‘The Origin’. Here, the artist is conveying an energy and allows her painting to take on a life of its own. So whether it be the sensuality of a beautiful flower or the healing pulse of an envisioned landscape, Ginette Pitre’s paintings emanate healing, consciousness and a sublime sense of well being and beauty.