Artist Statement

My arrival in California 7 years ago impressed me so much that I became a painter. I realized how perspective fails to communicate the gigantism of space. Photography and film have appeared to me ever since as instruments of control that capture the viewer's attention and freeze them in their environment.

Since then, I have tried to reverse perspective: put the viewer at the focal point of the painting, free their gaze and make them not master of their environment, but able to engage in a living interaction with it. I want to break down the false sense of domination that certain mechanical images offer, by creating another way of describing the world. Neither chaos, nor a dry engineered photography, but a nature-inspired way of looking.

During the Covid crisis, I had an illumination contemplating a blooming star magnolia: this magnificent tree has a semi-crystalline structure. Inspired by this vision and the mathematical works of Sir Penrose, I developed grids based on the golden ratio and harmonic series, creating dozens of focal points in a single image, and which I use in my abstract or figurative compositions. They are completely different from the usual perspective grid, and join some very old works on human representation and space.


My new body of work is also inspired by the way in which covid has revealed the transformations of our society. In particular, I suppose that covid has revealed how fragile is our relationship with the environment, demanding more technical protection and intense control.

My preferred mediums are watercolor on paper, egg tempera and tapestry. Watercolor is quick and versatile, impossible to fully control, which allows randomness to express itself. Tapestry is a very slow process and allows me to introduce tactility in my images with organic dyed wool.

Curriculum Vitae: recent events

On 1stDibs with John Gagne Contemporary Arts here

On Artsy with Coastal Contemporary Gallery here

Red Dot Culture here

Artist member at Cambridge Art Association.

Member of Concord Art Association, Belmont Art Association, Needham Art Association and Tapestry Weavers West.

Rhode Island Watercolor Society spring national juried show

Pawtucket, RI                                      Apr 23-May 27

Needham Art Association Spring show   May 3- Jun 3

Group Exhibition at the French Residency  Mar 7- 14

Renaissance (International Women's Day)

Cambridge, MA

Featured in House and Garden, UK here

Interview in Clover and Bee here

Broomfield Gallery, Boston MA             Dec 1- Dec 19

Winter Works

Coastal Contemporary Gallery              Oct 23rd - Nov 28th

Group exhibition

"Surface Area"

Newport, RI    

RAA&M National Juried Exhibition.         Dec 4 - Dec 31

Rockport, MA

"Nourish", Belmont Art Gallery               Oct 15th - Dec 11th

"Tiny But Mighty”

American Tapestry Alliance                  Online

Featured in The Purposeful Mayo

Interview Cambridge Art Association

Concord Art Association, MA

22nd annual France Roddy competition

Juried by Sam Adams                          Sep 23rd - Oct 24th 

Mary Schein Fall Salon                        Sep 11th - Sep 26th

Kathryn Schultz Gallery    

Interview The Huts Magazine

In collaboration with "The Huts Magazine"

"Connectivité" juried exhibition here         May 31 - June 26 2021

The Purposeful Mayo

"Rêverie" inaugural exhibition here            May 5 - June 15 2021


Belmont, MA

"Hope is the thing with feathers"                   May 17th+

"Art Heals" juried exhibition                                 April 1st- May31     2021

Cambridge, MA

Kathryn Schultz Gallery                       Mar 2nd- Mar18th  2021

Members Prize Show

Concord Art 

Members juried exhibition                    Jan 14th - Feb 14th 2021

Belmont Art Gallery, Belmont MA

Portraits (online)                                  Dec 12th - Jan 31st 2021

Beacon Gallery, Boston MA                             Dec 19 2020

Art Dash 2020


Workshop 13, Ware MA

NortheastFine Arts juried exhibition: traditional realism.

                                                         Sep 26 - Oct 11 2020

Cape Cod Cultural center online exhibition "Humanity"

                                                                 September 2020

The James Library, Norwell MA

Honorable mention for "They don't toil"           March 2020

Old West Museum, Cheyenne WY

National juried exhibition "Western Spirit".      March 2020

Beacon Gallery, Boston MA

International Juried show "totem"

Best in show prize                                    February 2020

University place Gallery, Cambridge MA

Broken beauty juried exhibition                       January 2020

440 Gallery, Brooklyn NY

National juried show                                  December 2019

Main Street Arts, Clifton Spring NY

National Juried show                                  December 2019

RAA&M Rockport Art Association, Rockport MA

National Fine Arts annual juried show            November 2019

South Shore Art Center, Cohasset MA

National juried exhibition "Simple Pleasures"

Honorable mention for "Thunder Roll"             November 2019

Arlington Center for the arts, Arlington MA.      Fall 2019

 Juried exhibition "Very superstitious"


Belmont Art Gallery, MA                              2019 2020

Juried exhibition

The Martin Group, Boston MA

National juried exhibition "Storytelling in textiles" October 2019

The James Library, Norwell MA

Juried exhibition "Continuum"

Honorable Mention for "Mount Washington".  September 2019

Newburyport Art Gallery, Newburyport MA

Member Fall juried show                            September 2019

Best in watercolor prize for "Death Valley Spring"

Permanent exhibition "horticultural heroes" in Boylston, MA Tower Hill Botanical Garden (2019)





MSc Signal Processing & Communications, Imperial College, London (with Diploma)         1996-1997


MSc Telecommunications, Telecom Paris, France                                                                                1995-1997


BSc Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, France                                                                   1992-1995




After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique and Imperial College, Fleur Thesmar worked 20 years in France in the high tech industry.


Her arrival in the United Stated in 2015 triggered an ancient passion of hers: painting. She took classes at the MFA with the studio art program. Since then, she has exhibited in international and national juried shows in Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Newburyport, Norwell, Boylston, Brooklyn NY, Cheyenne, WY, Bourg-La-Reine, France, etc. As an emerging artist, she pursues her wish to share her intense emotions and change of perspective due to her migration in the USA.