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A Brief Biography

AncestryMaternal: Cree, (originally from Norway House), French and Scottish

Métis: from St. Laurent, Manitoba (my mother's paternal Grandparents were featured on the mural on the Métis Federation offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba, (image originally from the “Famous Métis of Manitoba” publication).

My grandparents owned and operated a fur and handicraft store called, “Rogers Furs” in The Pas, Manitoba for many years. They later sold the store to my uncle Kenny, who moved it to Flin Flon. The store, was once featured in a NFB documentary on industries in northern Manitoba (1969).

Ancestry - Paternal: French and English

My father's parents lived in Dunrea, Manitoba, south of Brandon. His father was originally from Trois Rivières region in Quebec.

Family Background: Originally from northern Manitoba; from a family of 9 children. My father supported such a large family by working for Manitoba Hydro; in the communities of The Pas, Grand Rapids, Gillam and Thompson.

My mother Doreen was trained as a nurse, and aspired to be an artist from early childhood. She held weekly community art evenings in Grand Rapids, which included people like Daphne Odjig. I enjoyed looking at the works that were created during these events. My mom later attended Fine Arts with me at the U. of Manitoba. I took her to New York city in 2008. Unfortunately she passed on unexpectedly in 2015.

In my early twenties I lived and worked for Hydro in Long Spruce, and Sundance, Manitoba, before moving to Winnipeg to study fine arts at the U. of Manitoba from 1977 to 1982. In my youth I thought I was a bit of a rebel. At the community art shows I did drawings of nude men from Playgirl magazines. Art, feminism and the world were my interests. I recall reading these books in my youth; the Female Eunich, by Germain Greer, Future Shock by Alvin Toffler and 1984 by George Orwell. Now I am reading Fritz Springmeir's books on trauma based mind control programming.

Other major influences in my life were; getting a masters degree, living in New York City, teaching art, hatha yoga, eastern philosophy and mediation and subsequent travel to India in 1994 and 1996.

 



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