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Meet Fache Desrochers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fache Desrochers.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Fache. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a self-taught artist; I always have been. One of my earliest memories is being four years old, sitting outside after a dance class. The receptionist there was a kind lady who always offered me colored pencils and paper, and I would sit on the steps doodling happily until my mom arrived to pick me up. One day, she asked me if I “wanted to keep doing this”. “I’m almost done!” I said, not looking up from my drawing. “No, not the drawing, the class!” said my mother, gesturing to the building behind us. “What class?” I asked with complete sincerity. I have absolutely no memory of these dance classes, only of drawing on the steps. And I guess I was never fully present there to begin with. My mother laughed, and apparently we never went back. I did not notice.

Most kids seem to tire of crayons and markers after a while, but to me; art and art supplies always provided a feeling of the truly infinite, and the strangely achievable: there was no shortage of ideas in my head, and nothing needed to make them but my hands, some simple tools, and time. But by the time all my school years had passed and it was time to think about what I would study in college, I experienced a hesitation I did not expect: I didn’t want to go to art school. In fact, I was not much interested in studying art at all. You see, I never HAD studied it. I had only just always DONE it, I was very put off by the idea of assignments and prompts, restrictions and deadlines. Although I was an eager student, my great fear was that the rigors of academia would make me forget how to have my own ideas, or worse; rob me of the joy of the process.

So I studied philosophy and literature instead. I am not a wise person, but I was dimly aware that what I needed most of all as an artist was substance and a message behind the images I made. This must have been the right decision because as I moved through those four years, all I felt was curiosity and courage, art-wise. I quickly moved from my comfort zone of drawing on paper to oils on large canvases, illustrations in ink and watercolor, and photography. I tackled portraits, abstraction, and illustrations for both graphic novels and children’s books. I was never able to get a proper job as an artist in any capacity. Since I had avoided studying art as a way of protecting my passion for it, I now had nothing in the way of a degree to prove my prowess to potential employers. But thanks to the nourishment of philosophy and literature; I now had a fine art portfolio that I was proud of. I began exhibiting, and with each show, I understood more and more that although I work alone, art at its best is about that flash of understanding that passes between maker and observer. It’s like a snatch of music or scent that you both catch somehow; plucking at something deep inside and universally true.

Now, at 35, although I am not much closer to figuring out how to monetize art other than direct sales of the paintings, drawings, and products I make, I have more inventory than ever, and much more to come. Illustrations become stickers, t-shirts, pins, and embroidered streetwear. My paintings tackle everything from the surreal to the concrete; from gut feelings to climate change and politics. I have self-published two children’s books and am working on two more. I am diversified in my mediums, but steadfast in my purpose: I will wait for nothing and no one, but create all I can, with all the authenticity I can muster. The world is full of chaos and inspiration: the perfect mash from which to distill beauty and order. There is so much to discover, and because of art, I will never lose my north star; I will only find it so beautifully reflected in others.

My mediums are varied and flexible, but my purpose and vision has always been steadfast.

Has it been a smooth road?
Like most artists, I have had (and do have) a number of side hustles. But perhaps unlike many artists, none of them much relate to my art skills at all. I am a writer and editor. I have a real estate license. I am a notary public. I am a certified estate planning assistant, specializing in end-of-life planning, probate, wills, and trusts. What these pursuits lack in conformity to my passion, they make up for in perseverance. For me, life is about making art. And therefore, every pursuit I undertake is subservient to that goal. Although I dream of being able to sustain myself solely through my work, whether I can do so or not is irrelevant; I will create the work I want to on my own terms, no matter what the cost.

Please tell us more about your art.
I specialize in
1) Large paintings that explore the shapes of nature and our place within it.
2) Ink and watercolor illustrations of animals, food, nature, and the human form.
3) Portrait photography; specifically in exploration of the surreal, individual spirit.

I am perhaps best known for my landscape abstractions. There is so much emotion in nature, or at least, we as humans feel so much emotion connected to nature. For such a commonly agreed upon experience, it’s a very elusive concept, and so I spend a lot of time trying to accurately depict this.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Likes: The comedy scene. Nothing delights and refreshes me more than comedy. Humor is where nascent ideas are safe: things that are challenging or weird or not yet mainstream can find protected footing in the light hands of comedians. Simply put; laughter always makes things less intimidating and paves the way for other creatives to take an interpretative crack at it.

Dislikes: Los Angeles is a city that is focused above all else on monetizing creativity. That took me a long time to understand. Great creative works are made here, but it can be very hard for individual creatives to thrive in an environment so focused on the end goal, and so accustomed to an enormity of scale. The upside is that LA is more of a collective than a cohesive city; so it’s an extremely nurturing and fruitful place once you find your audience.

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