Diving in the eyes of another, we touch something so familiar that we have the strange sensation of diving into the depths of ourselves. In the stillness of the gaze, what is revealed is the essence of that which perceives in us… the sea inside.

— Elaine Despins 2007

With great originality in handling the medium, this intuitive and versatile artist has breathed life into these quiet portraits with delicate yet assured brushstrokes. They slowly sink into our own visual unconsciousness, speaking to our senses from within.

— Dorota Kozinska, La Vie des Arts.

Elaine Despins. Galerie Dominique Bouffard Elaine Despins with Claire Despins Elaine Despins. "Catherine", oil on canvas, 137 x 198 cm / 54" x 78" Elaine Despins. "Axel", oil on canvas, 137 x 198 cm / 54" x 78" Elaine Despins. "Suzanne", oil on canvas, 106 x 152 cm, 42" x 60". Elaine Despins. "Carla", oil on canvas, 106 x 152 cm, 42" x 60". Elaine Despins. "Gyslain", oil on canvas, 106 x 152 cm, 42" x 60". Elaine Despins. "Nino", oil on canvas, 76 x 107 cm / 30" x 42" Elaine Despins. "Hélène ", oil on canvas,  76 x 107 cm / 30 Elaine Despins. "Simon", oil on canvas, 137 x 198 cm / 54" x 78"