February 22, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library Gallery will feature artwork by Fort Kent native, LuLu Pelletier, throughout the month of March.
Pelletier has been painting since the age of 12 and has never lost her love for creativity in any type of craft activity. She is mostly self taught and took classes from time to time with different artists, such as the Canadian portrait artist, Claude Picard.
According to Pelletier, "The love I have for my family, my art and my pets is boundless; they continuously fill me with peace and fulfillment. They were my motivation from the beginning, when I had an idea of developing a website and then choosing to get my bachelor's degree in fine art."
Almost two years ago, with the help of her webmaster J.P. Marin, LuLu developed her own website: www.portraitsbylulu.com, of which she very proud. The website features Pelletier's work in graphite, colored pencil and oils.
"I'm most proud of how I capture the eyes in my artwork. It's always the first thing I do and if I can't see the person's spirit and personality in their eyes, I start over from scratch," said Pelletier.
Most of Pelletier's work is from commissions of portraits, people and animals. She also has completed portraits of many homesteads.
"When you meet me I'll most probably be talking. Except for sleeping, creating art is pretty much the only time that I'm silent. Hence, this probably explains why I've had so much encouragement from everyone to continue drawing and painting," notes Pelletier.
Pelletier lives with her husband, of 34 years, Louis. Together the couple raised two children, Heather Boyne of Mapleton and Hunter of Bangor. Pelletier was born and raised in Fort Kent. Currently, she is attending UMFK taking general studies and will transfer to the University of Maine at Presque Isle to complete her degree.
The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, contact gallery curator Sophia Birden at (207) 834-7527.