“BW 01”
by Harriet Serenkin

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Title:  “BW1”

mixed media collage;  6 x 8 inches

I was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.  I always thought I would be an elementary school teacher, but after one year realized it was not what I wanted to do. Instead I became a college textbook editor, working for publishing companies for 12 years, then a freelance technical writer and editor for about 35 years. During all that time, I always had arts and crafts projects to work on. I knitted, crocheted, did patchwork & quilting, created tapestry & loom weavings, and made elaborate scrapbooks, among other things.

When I turned 50 and was forced to spend a lot of time in doctor’s offices and hospital waiting rooms, I began cutting images out of magazines – that was the beginning of becoming a serious artist. I took classes and created intricate collages. Eventually I began experimenting with other materials and techniques. I also began studying with instructors who encouraged me to be creative and follow my own ideas.

When I retired, I studied at the New School for Social Research, where I received a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy, thereby learning new ways to be creative. I continue to study with instructors at the Art Students League who encourage me and help me grow as an artist and person.

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