[featured artist] Monique Lazard!

"Ensign Island" by Monique Lazard
“Ensign Island” by Monique Lazard

Monique Lazard shows her work at Camden Falls Gallery located in Camden, Maine. Nice work! Oils and watercolor and a variety of subjects. I enjoy the feel her paintings give… water… a sense of calm, a treasured location and nice light = a great painting!

"Leaving Rockland" by Monique Lazard
“Leaving Rockland” by Monique Lazard

This is a sweet painting. The light hitting the tip of the building is fabulous as is the water. Nice deliberate brush strokes. I love the story about how Monique got started… I think we should all give art supplies to kids… imagine how many would be fabulous artists like Monique one day!? Check out Monique’s website, it’s full of fabulous paintings!

Read a blip about Monique from the Camden Falls Gallery website:

Monique recognized her calling as an artist on her 10th birthday when she received her first set of watercolors from her uncle, Ray Bertrand, a WPA Muralists and art teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her formal studies began as an undergraduate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  She received a BA degree from the California College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

She began her career as Fashion Illustrator for Liberty House department store chain in Oakland, California. She became Art Director in 1979 for the Nob Hill Gazette in San Francisco, and in 1984 moved to NYC becoming Art Director for numerous fashion publications within Fairchild Publications. While living in NYC, she also enjoyed teaching fashion illustration at the Parson School of Design.

In 1992, depleted from the fast pace of NYC, she made a fresh start in the quaint mining town of Telluride, Colorado, working as Art Director for the Telluride Magazine. While in Telluride, Monique also taught figure painting in watercolor at the Ah Ha School. It was during this period that she began to shift her emphasis to painting, spending hundreds of hours hiking the Rocky Mountains with watercolors in tow.

Monique continues to learn and grow as an artist. She is continuously painting with other artist and attends workshops and classes at the local Art Centers on the Main Line and in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brynn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K

O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Bowens Island Restaurant Menu!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… House Tour… Day 2… Sullivan’s Island!

All images CamdenFallsGallery.com

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