The place painting takes in my life... The desire to paint was awakened in me about eight years ago while I was contemplating nature. I was seized by an unforgettable emotion in the presence of a plant in bloom, brim full of vitality, solidly rooted at the foot of an old black stump. What a message of hope! Painting allows me to prolong experiences of beauty and harmony... and to share them. It is a form of contemplation and thanksgiving. Through painting, I am in touch with many people with whom I experience precious moments of sharing. My presence in this milieu has, on its own, inscribed itself in my apostolic project. Colette M.