This is part of the Spikes series, which considers texture, organic forms and the attractiveness of mannerism. With an emphasis on motifs and dramatic compositions, this series highlights the splendor of California cacti, whose shapes and sophisticated patterns can be vectors of formal exploration. The plants’ repetitive designs allow for an intricate use of lines, dots, and strokes, while the subject’s positioning in the frame draw parallels with the natural environment, as they seem to touch the ground. In contrast with the multidimensional and colorful treatment of the cacti, the stripped-down geometric background gives the images an overall sense of motionlessness, of being stuck in time.

This drawing on heavyweight watercolor-quality paper was made using different materials: graphite, watercolor markers, black ink and acrylic paint. A white border measuring approximately 0.5 in. frames the image and allows for proper matting. Without borders, the image size is approximately 11" x 17".  The artwork is meant to be framed, with a mat. It is signed at the bottom right and on the back as well.

- Marie-Eve Champagne

Spikes 4

Drawing artwork on paper

Signed on front and back

18" h x 12" w 
0 lbs. 0 oz.



Marie-Eve Champagne
San Marcos, California

Getting to Know Marie-Eve

Southern California transplant Marie-Eve is heavily influenced by the region’s natural environment and beauty. She works from a studio inside her San Diego home where she enjoys looking out the window to draw inspiration from the sunlight’s effect on the landscape. Marie-Eve’s work occupies a unique space at the intersection of fine art and stylized modern design, utilizing both representational and abstracted subjects. She juxtaposes organic forms with clean planes, thick outlines, and blocks of color that delight the eye. Using limited but carefully selected color palettes, Marie-Eve joyfully articulates concepts and elements of the natural world through a clean, modernist aesthetic.