I came to think of myself as an artist later in life after full careers as a clinical & research audiologist (UK, Canada and USA), a behavioural scientist in the high-tech world of mobile communications (Canada) , and a human factors analyst at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. My professional artistic career started in 2001 when redundancy and my husband's failing health forced us to re-assess our life priorities. We were living on a lake in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa, Canada and the natural beauty and supportive community inspired us to turn to art as a way to start a new life. We launched our successful custom art glass business, Turtle Bay Studios, in Wakefield, Quebec in 2001. Our commission work can be seen in public buildings in Ottawa as well as private homes. Gallery exposure included the Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada and the Remington Museum, Ogdensburg, NY. My husband’s progressive health issues eventually provoked a move to warmer Arizona in 2013. I became seriously interested in wood as a medium of expression and have honed my technical skills to the point where I can use wood as a narrative tool. My creative inspiration comes from consideration of the precious and precarious life here in the desert southwest. Our contemporary interaction with the natural world challenges the resiliency of both humanity and all other life. Here in the desert we see first hand how the natural world’s ability to adapt to our presence is tested. Gallery Representation 2018/19 Baughman Gallery, Tubac, AZ 2020- On the Edge Contemporary Gallery, Tubac. AZ Juried shows 2019/2020 Smithsonian “Water/Ways”, Tubac Presidio Rio Compartido/Shared River, Lowe House, Tubac Members Juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts

- Marilyn French-St. George

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