Here is a text sent to me in 2001 by Marc Dehez; in 1969, he has been my Philosophy teacher. I keep the souvenir of a teacher, impossible to classify, passionate about what he was teaching and who knew how to convey his enthusiasm to the entire class. One of those teachers who enlightened your life and that you never forget:
"The art works of Michele Llinarès-Becker are works of love. They are full of that love for her parents, since her birth in Algeria and her teenage years in Mourenx, when she was a hard working and brilliant student at school. They are also full of that love she has for the nature. She discovered the beauty of nature in our region, with her father and mother, during their long walks and fruitful exchanges. Her father, now gone, gave her the love for the tree leaves by associating her, very young, to the creation of his herbarium. Those leaves, that she brilliantly uses as the support to her creations, transforming them into a drawing sheet to ensure the survival of her animal portraits. I especially like the birds: the bee-eaters, painted in trompe l'oeil style on plane tree leaves, the little black bird, surprised by the first snow and in her print, worthy of those of Manet, the blue tit. Michèle renders to perfection its typical, well known expressions, going within seconds from being tranquil to standing on guard and finally comes the anger with all feathers ruffled, facing probably the invisible intruder that the canvas only can suggest.
Michèle LLINARES never stops enjoying life and expressing this joy enriched by her childhood and continues now with her husband at her side, to serve her passion, to pick, collect and ensure proper drying of her leaves for months, as the winemakers of the neighbouring winery of Crouseilles who ensure the maturation of their Madiran and Pacherenc.
Lots of people should come and admire her works, find in her creations, besides the taste of a job well done, what could be the secret of happiness.”