by Arlene Sánchez-Busse

Why am I so passionate about the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet?  The answer is very simple:  Monet’s art was a grand and revolutionary project which challenged the traditional imitation of nature.  Using novel compositions and forms and squiggles, dabs and swirls of vivid colors, Monet went beyond conventions and dared to render into his canvas the beauty he perceived and in so doing achieved splendid impressions of his subjects which transcended the material.  His paintings evoked lasting emotions in his viewers, including me.

Since age 15, I have been traveling the world in search of Monet’s paintings, his exhibits, the sites where he painted some of his masterpieces and especially my little piece of Heaven on Earth, Giverny.  At the artist’s Home and Garden Museum, I rejoice in Monet the master gardener who shaped nature so gloriously to fit his paintbrush, rendering the most beautiful paintings of what he called his masterpiece – his garden” and his beloved water lilies.

I have had the privilege to serve as an Instructor for Celebration Lifelong for the past two years. I invite you to join us in exploring Monet’s fascinating and complex art and life as well as the exciting curriculum this excellent program offers.

And quoting Master Monet; “I must have flowers, always and always.”

To learn more about Arlene’s upcoming course on Monet:  The Later Years and how to become a member of Celebration Lifelong, visit or call (407) 595-5905.