An artistic view to discover a naturally beautiful destination
Following a lifelong passion for adventure and beauty, Veronique moved to the Caribbean, embarking on a journey that would influence the artist’s family and work for generations. Inspired by the natural abundance and energy of the island, Veronique’s painted ceramics explore the vibrant spirit of life in the Caribbean, and the enduring story of St. Barth.
This is a very personal spot for me. When I came to the island for the first time, I stood out on the big rocks and took in the view to the airport and St. Jean beach, Corossol, and Pointe Milou. On the other side, you see the turtle island in front of Le Guanahani. I’ve enjoyed coming here over the years with my children and grandchildren, standing on the rocks with the wind in our faces, watching the sun go down.
The nicest beaches on the island are protected by the government so that you can’t build on them. This is one of them. The landscape is wild, and back in 1820, it was a salt mine. There are still 12 large rectangles that change from brown to orange to gold where they collected the salt from, even though that stopped in 1970. This is also a popular spot for where the turtles come to lay their eggs. There’s no shade or umbrellas here, and it can get windy, so it’s not my favorite one for eating lunch at, but I love to come here in the morning when it’s empty. It’s a big beach great for swimming or walking along.
Like Saline, Colombier is wild, but it’s a bit harder to get to. You can either go to the end of Flamands beach and then walk for 20 minutes around the rock formations, or you can park at the peak, and walk down on foot. If you go that way, there’s a gorgeous view from above, and on the walk down, you might see turtles, peacocks, goats, and beautiful birds. The walk is also about 20 minutes, but it’s doable in beach shoes, and because it’s harder to get to, there are fewer people there. It’s also a lovely place for a picnic lunch, since you can find shade there. During the day, you’ll see boats dock in the cove—being on a boat is also a great way to experience Colombier.
My shop is about 50 square meters and attached to my studio, where I create and people can come see me paint. I actually love it when people come in and ask what I’m working on. In the shop, we sell replications of my designs for the beach signs, printed on mugs, key chains, coasters, and other items. We also have mokes on the island, and I designed a T-shirt with the moke on it and a plane flying just over it—it’s sort of become a signature for the island.
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