The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Maureen Brouillette

Received June 27, 2012
Born 1947, Muskogee, Oklahoma; lives in Dallas

Figure 19. Maureen Brouillette, Feed Mill, 2014
Collage and mixed media on paper, 18" × 14"

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Joel Sampson

Q Would you have become an artist without the example of your father, Al Brouillette? Explain. What is his legacy?

A Probably. I think there is a genetic component to all of this. By the age of three or four, I was fascinated by visual images and excited by them. Mostly book and record album covers. My parents often took me with them to book stores and record stores to browse and occasionally buy. It was their idea of a good time. Mine, too. I also remember having to take a nap every afternoon when I was three, four, and five. I distinctly remember lying in bed and thinking how beautiful the light from the window was, and how it created shadows in every part of the room. I was acutely aware of, and appreciative of, light and shadow even then. In the first grade, I was doing very advanced drawings showing lots of realistic detail. I didn’t even know what an artist or art was at that age. I was just doing what I enjoyed. And I knew that I was pretty good at it. My father’s legacy to me is the belief that enthusiasm and discipline together make a fulfilling and productive work life. Dad was a very devoted family man. I agree with him and my mother, Kathleen Brouillette, that being part of a loving family and doing work that you can get excited about are what a successful life is all about.

Q You showed me a very accomplished “first painting” of sailboats done when you were eleven. Artistically, what were you doing before that?

A Primarily pencil drawings. Although I had done another painting when I was eight or nine that got lost in the shuffle. It was a copy of the album cover for the Nutcracker Suite. I took drawing lessons for a while on Saturday mornings from a young man. Probably a high school student. The piece I most remember while studying with him was a cityscape I did of New York City skyscrapers. My dad was from Long Island and we have lots of family on the East Coast. I believe I was in Manhattan at a preschool age, and it impressed me tremendously. Also, I was an avid reader from the first grade. I got my first library

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
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  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
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  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
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  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
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  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
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  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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