Biography is an interesting word and can mean many things, from chronological history, a series of significant “impact” dates or events to a more free flow blend of the past and its relevancy to the present.
Personally, my history is heavily affected by my status as a second generation American of French Canadian descent growing up close to the Quebec border. The easy passage from “old world” to “new world” is unique to those in states abutting the “old country” and results in the blending of the old and new. Stories from my family’s past influenced my parents’ choices in raising their children. These choices still resonate with me.
As an artist, this blending of old world and new, history and present, gradually became the wellspring for my work. Studying art at the Art Institute of Boston and College of New Rochelle as an undergraduate, and SUNY Albany as a graduate student I did as all students do, searched for my voice, trying styles, media and approaches. This continued into my early years as an artist. The work I did then, valuable as a learning experience has since been destroyed as it served its purpose. I began to mine my past, to use the remnants of the past, to recognize its’ relevant to the present and its richness in imagery.
Professionally, I started to actively exhibit my work in the 1980’s, joining a co-op gallery in New York and exhibiting in galleries in New England and shows around the country. Currently my work is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY and Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA.
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