Born in Brest, Catherine Maria-Chapel studied painting of Jean-Jacques Marchadour’s course, in Brest and Luigi Tomasdo D’elia in Paris. 

Catherine Maria-Chapel spent three years at the university in Brest and in 1985, as an actress at the Gérard-Philippe theatre, she painted theatre costumes in Italy. Later, it will be Italy where she creates opera costumes. In 1990, her talent as a watercolourist earned her contracts with major brands such as Hermès, Clarins, Cacharel for advertising illustrations. In the meantime, she exhibited her paintings, oils and watercolours in salons in Paris (1992), in Singapore (1996), in Place des Vosges (2001) and in a New York (2002) where she exhibits a series of watercolours, imaginary landscapes inspired by Logonna-Daoulas ”  Blue water, Morning light, Shore, Afternoon rain, Night sea…“. 

Later her encounter with photographs of Charles L’Hermitte, a photographer in the 1910s, gave her the idea of ​​interpreting the documents that fix images of Brittany, of the work of the people and of daily life at the time. The photographer’s descendants having given their consent, Catherine Maria Chapel embarked on a series of watercolours.

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