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Question 4: What formal studies or progression of activities did you pursue?


I started out by going for one year to Université Sainte-Anne in the Baie Sainte-Marie area and there weren’t really any art classes there either, and then I left for Alberta to work in a circus. While working in the circus I met some pretty weird characters, and this aspect of life became a fascination for me. Living in Alberta, I found it very cold in winter, and there was no ocean, so I moved to Vancouver, and I was taking a photography class in high school in Vancouver. It was a night class and it really got me started thinking in that field. Before this, I had only done a little photography in high school, at Clare. So I started with black and white. Then I also took a night class at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and that led me to decide to go to art school, to spend four years at it and get my diploma. I have to mention that in third year, as an exchange student, I went to California, to the San Francisco Art Institute, at that was a real eye-opener, in more ways than one. Because in the States, everything is so much faster, so weird, so open-minded, a lot more so than in Canada. I felt that I was so naïve in my thoughts. Coming form British Columbia and going to school in San Francisco, it was so incredible to see what the students were doing, what they were allowed to do, that it almost scared me in a way, because it was so wide open. But on the other hand it really taught me how to better express myself. Because they wanted you to express yourself as you liked, there were no restrictions, while in Canada I found that there were more restrictions on your self-expression. So it really opened my mind.