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Eveline Marie Alexander

With no formal training, Eveline Marie Alexander was possibly taught drawing and painting by her father Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Cornwallis Mitchell of the Royal Artillery, the Royal Military College’s military drawing master ...

Shirley Andreae

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Shirley Andreae (née Inns) received her M.Sc. in 1946 from McGill University. Five years later, she and her husband Dr. Wolfgang Andreae moved to London, Ontario where both would go on to build connections with Western University ...

Donna Andreychuk

Born on a farm in rural Ontario, Donna Andreychuk always had a passion for art but only started painting seriously in 1999 while living in Owen Sound and inspired by the Georgian Bay landscape. Her large-scale abstract expressionist works, based on her outdoor paintings and photographs, memory and imagination, reflect her love for the Canadian landscape and its impact on her ...

Margot Ariss

Margot Ariss was born in 1929 in Belleville, Ontario. She moved to London in 1940 and attended H. B. Beal Secondary School where she met her husband, artist & teacher Herb Ariss. Margot began working as a sculptor in the late 1950’s, stamping words into soft clay with a child’s set of wooden letters ...
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Daisy Bailey

Daisy Bailey was born in Toronto, Ontario and attended the University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. In London, Ontario, she received instruction from Herb Ariss at H. B. Beal Secondary School, and by 1970 was teaching art at the school herself ...

Ko Bhamra

Ko Bhamra is a contemporary Canadian artist born in 1972 in Punjab, India. Her main practice consists of oil painting that best fits into the genres of abstract and contemporary art. Bhamra began her formal study of painting at the Windsor Centre for Creative Arts in 1989, the first year of its establishment (it has since been renamed the The Walkerville Centre for the Creative A​rts) ...

Grace Blackburn

Victoria Grace Blackburn was born in Quebec City, likely when her father, the publisher of The London Free Press, was there on business. She attended school at Hellmuth Ladies’ College in London, Ontario and then went on to teach in the United States during the 1890s ..

Marjorie Blackburn

Marjorie Ludwell Dampier was born in 1913 in Strathroy, a substantial town in Middlesex County about twenty miles west of London, where her father was a bank manager. She entered The University of Western Ontario in 1931 where she met young Walter Blackburn ...

Eva Bradshaw

Eva Bradshaw was born in London and was raised as the adopted daughter of John and Marion Bradshaw. She was initially trained as a nurse, but eventually gave up this career to pursue solely her art, devoting all of her time to painting and teaching ...

Charlotte Brainerd

Charlotte Brainerd began studying at the Walker Art Center School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1942, attending the school through 1943 before taking a break to later return from 1946 to 1948. In the early 1950s she came to Canada, subsequently studying at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), and then moved to London, Ontario, where she taught at H.B. Beal Secondary School from 1958 to 1959 ...

Shirley Brickenden

Shirley Brickenden (née Browne) was born in Montreal in 1924. She studied at The Royal Drawing Society of London, England at the age of sixteen, and there received honours in drawing and painting ...

Josy Britton

Josy Britton knew she was an artist in Kindergarten, when she was looking at her assignment of a Fall tree hanging amongst the efforts of her classmates and decided hers was unique. Every Christmas and birthday thereafter answered the wish for art supplies ...
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Florence Carlyle

Born in Galt, Ontario (presently Cambridge), Florence Carlyle moved with her family to Woodstock in 1871. All her siblings had artistic talent, and Carlyle herself was gifted in visual arts and music from a young age ...

Silvia Clarke

Silvia Clarke was born in Cavendish, Suffolk, England in 1911 and educated at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (now known as Camberwell College of Arts) in London, England. During World War II, Clarke was employed by the BBC, and was also a champion in the sport of table tennis ...

Marilyn Conklin

Marilyn Conklin holds an BFA (Hons Studio) from Western University. She has exhibited her work with the UPwithART fundraiser (London, Ontario), and has had two solo exhibitions at Strand Fine Art in London, Ontario and Gallery in the Grove in Bright’s Grove, Ontario ...

Roberta Cory

Born in California, Roberta Cory immigrated to London, Ontario in 1999. She holds a BA in Art and secondary level teaching credentials from the University of California, Davis, and an MA from California State University, Chico. As an educator, Cory created a grade six curriculum, and taught art to students at the intermediate, secondary, and university levels ...

Lenore Crawford

Born in London, Ontario, Lenore Crawford was a well-known art critic in London during the 1960s and 1970s. Following graduation from Western University, she began her career in the newspaper business as a proofreader for the London Echo, and then moved on to a newsroom job at the London Advertiser. At The Windsor Star in Windsor, Ontario, she began to write about art with encouragement from Bas Mason, an editor for Western Ontario ...

Lynda Cuddy

Lynda Cuddy was born in London, Ontario, and studied art at the highly touted H.B. Beal Secondary School from 1969-1972. During the 1980s, she studied communication design at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia ...

Doreen Curry

Doreen Curry was born in Orangeville, Ontario, in 1924. She completed a BA in music in 1946 at the University of Toronto, and a degree in Library Science (BLsc.) a year later. From 1947 until the 1980s, Curry worked at the London Public Library as the head of the Arts and Science, often also working with music materials ...
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Rae Davis

Rae Davis grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. She received a BA in English from Wellesley College, in 1949 and a MA in English from Columbia University in 1952. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1953, where she was at first a typist for an insurance company, and a year later married John Davis ...

Irene Dewdney

Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Irene Dewdney (née Donner) and her husband Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979), are both recognized among the founders of art therapy in Canada. The couple, both artists, worked collaboratively throughout their careers, developing the field of art therapy ...

Mary Ella Dignam

Mary Ella Dignam (née Williams) began her art studies at the Western School of Art and Design in London, Ontario, and then attended the New York Art Students League (NYSAL), likely in the late 1870s. In 1880, she returned to Ontario and married John Sifton Dignam of London; they would have three children ...

Agneta Dolman

Agneta Dolman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Stockholm and Sigtuna, Sweden. Dolman began her art education in 1964 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ School of Art and Design, where she received training in drawing, painting, sculpture, illustration, and commercial art. Arthur Lismer, of the Group of Seven, was the school’s director at that time and taught the course in illustration ...

Lynn Donoghue

Lynn Donoghue was born in Red Lake, Ontario, in 1953. Due to her father’s career as a mining engineer, her family moved many times during her childhood. Donoghue completed high school at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario ...
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Susan Edelstein

Susan Edelstein is a curator, writer and lecturer whose research interests include museum and curatorial practices, visual culture, and the diffusion and reception of art works within the museum world. In her role at Western University, a post she has held since 2006, she works closely with all students (undergraduate and graduate) assisting them to realize their artistic potential within a gallery context ...

Dorothy Emery

Dorothy Emery worked as an art instructor at the London Normal School (later known as the London Teachers’ College), from 1922 to her retirement in 1955 ...

Liza Eurich

Liza Eurich completed her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2010 and her MFA from Western University in 2012. She co-publishes the online project Moire and recently completed international residencies at SIM (Reykjavik, Iceland), Acme (London, United Kingdom), and Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Glasgow, United Kingdom) ...

Anne Marsh Evans

Anne Marsh Evans was born in Nottingham, England in 1923. Shortly before World War II, she attended the Nottingham College of Art and received the London Board of Drawing Diploma. During the war, she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). In 1946, Evans relocated to London, Ontario ...
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Caroline Farncomb

Caroline Farncomb was born in Newcastle, Ontario in 1859, and moved to London, Ontario with her family in 1867. Her art practice included work in still life, portraits, and landscapes. Farncomb’s art education began in London and included lessons with local artists Florence Carlyle and Cleménce Van Den Broeck, as well as studies at Hellmuth Ladies College, and the Western School of Art and Design ...
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Nancy Geddes Poole

Born in London, Ontario, Nancy Geddes Poole was interested in art from a young age. She attended public schools in London and, in the eighth grade, sat behind Margot Ariss and watched her draw in the margins of her books. At Central Collegiate, Poole took art classes from Tony Gillies but it was apparent to her she did not have the same talent for creating art as her peers. Later, Poole attended Branksome Hall in Toronto ...

Cassandra Getty

Cassandra Getty began her curatorial work in the mid-1990s in Ontario and British Columbia. Over the last two decades she has worked in public museums in Windsor and London, Ontario ...

Kelly Greene

Born in Buffalo, New York, Kelly Greene soon moved with her family to Fort Erie, Ontario, and Seattle, Washington before finally settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is of Mohawk-Oneida-Sicilian heritage and a member of the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario. Her multi-media work includes sculpture, installation, painting, and photography ...
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Kathleen Hart

Kathleen Ellis, better known by her birth name, Hart, was born in Byron, Ontario in 1916. A dedicated and respected artist, Kathleen (or Kay) Hart was born without forearms and with legs that ended above her knees. Hart was not fond of using prosthetic arms and instead painted standing close to the canvas, holding the brush between her arms ...

Jamelie Hassan

Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist, writer, lecturer, activist, and independent curator, born in London, Ontario, where she continues to live and practice. Hassan’s parents came to Canada from Lebanon, and she grew up in an Arabic-speaking household as the seventh of eleven children. Hassan is known for her powerful interdisciplinary work that addresses the conflicting subjectivities arising from the disjuncture between the two cultures in which she exists ...

Mary Healey

Mary Healey was born in 1885 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. She attended the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, England, developing skills in painting life-like watercolour portraits. In 1919, Healey and her brother Gilbert moved to London, Ontario ...

Fern Helfand

Fern Helfand developed an early enthusiasm for art. During elementary school she was enrolled at the Children’s Art Centre of the then Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). Along with weekly art lessons, there were regular visits to the art gallery and occasional exhibition grand openings. Helfand’s passion for art evolved ...
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Beryl Ivey

Beryl Ivey (Beryl Marcia Nurse) was born in Chatham, Ontario on December 28, 1924 to Lt. Col. William Ivan Nurse and Beatrice Heaton. She attended high school in Chatham and was known as a talented athlete. Mrs. Ivey was the girl’s school captain and set a record for long jump for Kent County that remained unbroken for 50 years ...
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Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson (née Cronyn) was born in 1922 in London, Ontario to the prominent Cronyn family. In 1939 she completed her high school education at King’s Hall, Compton (KHC) a girl’s boarding school in Quebec (now the co-educational Bishop’s College School) and went on to receive a secretarial degree ...

Kirtley Jarvis

Kirtley Jarvis was born in Balmertown, a small mining town in Northern Ontario, and moved to London, Ontario, as a teenager. While Jarvis has training from the H.B. Beal Secondary School’s adult art program, the Sheridan School of Design, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, she is simultaneously self-taught in many respects, learning from those she meets who have something to teach ...

Connie Jefferess

Born in London, Ontario, Connie Jefferess graduated from South Secondary School before spending two years studying art at H. B. Beal Secondary School, where local artist Herb Ariss was one of her teachers. Over the years, in addition to painting and pottery, she studied fabric printing and stitchery at Sheridan College in the 1950s ...
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Antje Laidler

Antje Laidler was born in Germany in 1943 and immigrated to Canada in 1975. In 1977 she graduated from the Special Arts programme at H. B. Beal Secondary School and went on to complete two further years of study, also at Beal, with the late Bert Kloezman ...

Barbara Landstreet

Barbara Landstreet (née Keenan) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the period after the Second World War. She was the third of four children. She attended the local Finiston Primary School, and then the Belfast Model School for Girls. After finishing school, she spent a year learning secretarial and office skills, including Pitman shorthand ...

Madeline Lennon

Born in New York City, Madeline Lennon studied at St. Helena High School in New York City and completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the College of New Rochelle. Upon her arrival in London, Ontario, she decided to change her field from English literature to art history. She studied in Paris and then entered graduate studies in the History of Art at the University of Toronto ...

Doreen Lindsay

Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Doreen Lindsay grew up in London, Ontario. While still in elementary school, she began attending Saturday morning art classes at the London Public Art Museum. While attending Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute, Lindsay became the Students’ Council president as well as an after-school-hours’ helper at the Southeast (now Crouch) branch of the London Public Library ...

Sigrid Lochner

Sigrid Lochner (née Koenig) was born in Dresden, Germany (at that time, East Germany or the German Democratic Republic). Lochner was influenced by her paternal grandmother who bestowed upon her an appreciation of nature ...
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Brenda MacEachern

Brenda MacEachern earned her BA (Hons.) in Art History from the University of Toronto in 1970 and then took on the role of curating the photographic slides collection of the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. While working in this position she also completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Western University in 1987 ...

Anna Madelska

In 2003, Anna Madelska received her Associate degree in sculpture and installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2005, she completed her MFA at Western University and now teaches drawing foundations and foundations in visual arts in the Department’s curriculum. She is also the Associate Director of DNA Artspace in downtown London ...

Wilhelmina McIntosh

Born in Euphemia Township, Lambton County, Wilhelmina Morris McIntosh eventually moved to London, Ontario where she lived with her husband, John Gordon McIntosh. Mr. McIntosh’s family owned a prominent dry goods business in the city before it was sold to Robinson, Little & Co. and the couple relocated to Winnipeg when Mr. McIntosh was appointed its western territorial manager ...

Catherine Morrisey

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Catherine Morrisey grew up in Port Credit near Toronto and from an early age was active in dance, painting, canoeing, and camping. At York University, she studied with artists Ron Bloore, William Ronald, Tim Whiten, Doug Morton, Ted Bieler, and critics John Bentley Mays, and Michael Greenwood ...

Doris Murray

Doris Murray was born in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts with a BA in Zoology with a minor in Art. Despite this multidisciplinary background, Murray did not devote herself to painting until over a decade after graduating ...
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Kim Neudorf

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kim Neudorf attended the Alberta College of Art and Design from 2001-2005, achieving a BFA in painting. In 2012, she completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Western University. Neudorf’s paintings have been exhibited across Canada; most recently in Kingston at Modern-Fuel Artist-Run Centre, in London at DNA Gallery and Forest City Gallery, and in Toronto at Franz Kaka Gallery, Susan Hobbs Gallery, and Paul Petro Gallery ...

Shelley Niro

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Shelley Niro moved with her family to the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, a member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation. She is a multi-media artist whose work involves photography, painting, beadwork, and film ...
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Bonnie Parkinson

Bonnie Parkinson was born in December 1941 in London, Ontario. Her father, Harry Cluff, had shown promise as a young art student at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario, but had unfortunately had to leave school to help his family financially. Parkinson’s father took a great interest in her early artistic talent and was very supportive when she entered the Special Art Programme at Beal, where she showed an innate artistic ability ...

Mildred Peel

Mildred Peel was born in 1856 in London, Ontario. She was the eldest child of John Robert Peel and Amelia Margaret Hall. Her parents, originally from London, England, came to London, Ontario in the early 1850s. Mildred’s artistic talent was apparent during her childhood, and she grew up in a household that supported her interests ...

Jill Price

Jill Price is a professional artist, curator, and educator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education at Western University. While studying and living in London, Ontario, Price immersed herself in the vibrant art scene, specializing in printmaking and drawing and receiving excellent instruction and mentoring from nationally recognized artists Helmut Becker, Kim Moodie, Wyn Geleynse, Sheila Butler, the late Colette Urban, David Merritt, Patrick Mahon, and Duncan DeKergommeaux ...
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Mary Redekop

Mary Redekop, who grew up in Creemore, Ontario, holds a BA and MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. Mary continued her education at the Sorbonne in Paris, Mudflat in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Boston University ...

Judith Rodger

Judith Rodger is a freelance curator and art historian based in London, Ontario. She has worked at what is now Museum London, McIntosh Gallery at Western University and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She has a BA in English and Psychology from McGill University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education for the University of London (UK) and an MA in the History of Art from the University of Toronto ...

Tracy Root

Tracy Root was born in Shropshire, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1966 at the age of two. Root attended the University of Windsor where she studied Fine Arts, and now lives in London, Ontario. Tracy Root was among four London artists commissioned in 2012 to paint murals to combat graffiti in the city ...

Thelma Rosner

Thelma Rosner was born in Toronto in 1941 and is currently based in London, Ontario. Rosner studied at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Education between 1959 and 1964. In 1972, she returned to school to study visual art at The University of Western Ontario, in London. Serendipitously, this was the same year that Paterson Ewen joined the faculty at Western ...

Margaret Rossiter

Margaret Rossiter received her initial education at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Ohio University and a Masters of Education from Western University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ontario and the USA ...

Amanda Rowe

Amanda has created a vast body of work segmented into series with distinctive styles that she hopes will be seen by the viewer as an invitation to reflect upon their own personal projections and identifications. Her six series and large scale masterworks pursue an evolving psychological narrative and include themes related to human interaction, gender roles and relations and the intersection between perception and reality ...
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Gillian Saward

Born in England in 1934, Saward and her sister came to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan during World War Two, where they lived with a Canadian foster family from 1940 to 1945. While interested in art from childhood, it was not until return to England ...

Dorothy (Betts) Seely-Smith

Dorothy Seely-Smith (née Betts) was born in 1890 in London, Ontario. She began her training in art with private lessons from local artists Caroline Farncomb and Florence Carlyle. Betts and fellow London artist Eva Bradshaw (another one of Carlyle’s students, who may have been her chaperone), travelled to New York City, to study at the New York School of Art ...

Jan Shepherd McKee

Jan Shepherd McKee’s education was extensive and varied; she holds degrees in English Literature, Philosophy (Metaphysics and Philosophy of Science), Visual Arts (Studio), Law and Business Administration from Western University and The University of Hawaii. Cross-disciplinary work has formed the basis of Shepherd McKee’s creative exploration over the last 35 years ...

Sophie Skaith

Sophie Skaith was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1952 with the name Eha Sumberg. Her middle name, Sophie, was added legally in the 1990s. She moved to London, Ontario, in the 1970s. Sophie Skaith received her B.A. Hon. (Art History) from the University of Toronto in 1976 and a Master of Public Administration from Western University in 2005 ...

Rosemary Sloot

Rosemary Sloot was born in Simcoe, Ontario two months after her parents emigrated from The Netherlands in 1952. Many Dutch families during the post-war era traveled to Canada on immigrant ships like the Waterman. The Sloot family and many other families started their journey on the Waterman in Rotterdam and arrived in Quebec City ...
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Kate Taylor Cumming

Born Kate Livingston Taylor in Ingersoll in 1889, Cumming was praised for her art from a young age. She received the Pile Gold Medal for proficiency and promise in art from her Chatham high school and went on to train at the Detroit College of Art where she saw and painted her first miniatures. Continuing her studies at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, she received a number of scholarships and was appointed Associate in the Department of Drawing and Painting upon graduation ...

Melanie Townsend

Melanie Townsend was Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Museum London for fourteen years, making innumerable contributions to the institution. She was known for her insightful and original curatorial work, and her deliciously dry sense of humour. She was an industrious, down-to-earth, and no-nonsense individual who developed some of Museum London’s most popular and critically-acclaimed programs ...

Flora Tripp

Born in Ottawa and raised in Arnprior, Flora Ferguson married Ian Tripp and moved to London where Ian worked for many years as comptroller at Western University ...
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Bernice Vincent

Born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Bernice Vincent moved to London in 1952 to attend H.B. Beal Secondary School, where she studied with several influential London artists including Herb Ariss, Mackie Cryderman, and John O’Henly. In 1954 Vincent traveled on scholarship to the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to take courses in painting, anatomy, watercolour, lithography, and fabric painting ...
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Morag Webster

For Morag Webster, an early interest in drawing evolved into a quest for expression in a variety of media including painting in oil, watercolours, and pastel, as well as forays into the production of sculpture using various materials ...

Josephine Wilcox

Josephine Wilcox (née Haldane) was born in 1913. She studied at the Normal School in London, Ontario, and was commended on her artistic skills in her graduating class’s yearbook (1932-1933). In 1937, she married Dr. Lewis Dewitt Wilcox, and the couple settled in London ...

Elsie Perrin Williams

Elsie Perrin was born in 1878 to Alicia May Day and Daniel Simmons Perrin. Her father was a successful and wealthy businessman well-known across Canada for manufacturing cookies and candy ...

Kelly Wood

Kelly Wood is a photographer and practicing artist currently residing in London, Ontario. She has contributed greatly as both an educator and artist to the local London community. Wood hails from Vancouver, BC where she completed her education at Emily Carr University and the University of British Columbia. She held brief teaching positions in Vancouver and Toronto before her appointment in 2005 as an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. She continues to mentor students through her role as an undergraduate teacher in photography ...
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dlmorrow

dlmorrow studied art under Don Holman and Janis Hoogstraten through the Studio and Art History program at Scarborough College, University of Toronto. She received a BA with distinction in Visual Arts, Art History and Archaeology in 1979 ...
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kerry ferris

kerry ferris, who preferred in her professional artistic life for her name to be written in all lower case letters, was born and raised in London, Ontario. She attended H. B. Beal Secondary School, and then Fanshawe College where she studied cinematography ...
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Clémence van den Broeck

Clémence van den Broeck was born into an artistic family – her father, Pierre van den Broeck, was a well-known sculptor and the Inspector and Commissioner General of the Fine Arts in the Belgian government. Her love and talent for art from an early age and the connection to the arts community through her family led her to be able to study under the Flemish master painter Adolph Dellens (she was the only pupil he ever took on) and Edmond de Schampheleer ...