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Mireille Duchesne


Mireille was born in Normandie, France.

She received a formal education at the Lycee of Le Havre, the University of Rouen for a French master degree.

Although, as long as she can recollect she always had a color pencil then a brush in her hands; Being an artist was not acceptable for her parents, so beside her formal education she took evening classes at the beaux Arts.

As a former wife of a French expatriate she traveled much and was exposed to various cultures and many styles of art.

When she moved to the the United States she took classes at the Pastel Society of America in New York with Richard Pionk and also classes at the Art Student league in New York. She studied beside Richard Pionk, with Gregg Kreutz, David leffel and Frank Arcuri at his studio.

She is a Signature Member of the pastel Society of America, artist member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, active member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, and member of the American Society of Traditional Artist.

She received numerous awards for her pastels as well as her oil paintings, among others, at the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe.

She is teaching at the Katonah Art Center

Statement: Trained as a classical painter in the tradition of Chiaroscuro, light and dark, Mireille is always very excited by the interaction of these 2 elements but color is also her passion. Dark, light, colors are the main actors of her paintings, they play together to give the audience, pleasure, joy, energy, if she has succeeded to incite these feelings, her goal as an artist is fulfilled.