Jeannine Hunter Lazzaro
590 Paine Road
North Attleborough, MA 02760
I grew up in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in a part of New Jersey nine miles away from Manhattan. As a young art student at a state college I majored in art; it was common for instructors to require us to see exhibitions (SOHO was just emerging-70’s).
I fell into teaching as a convenience when my children were young. Now, I feel that it was part of some cosmic plan to provide me with a mission. I could not have navigated the many challenges of my life- an abusive childhood, addiction, parenting, without having art to sustain me. As a teacher I wanted to pass this “gift” on to students.
Education and learning have always been important to me. I feel like an eternal student, so many of my artworks are experimental in a sense. I become drawn into projects that relate to my life, my journey.
People who grow up in a “dysfunctional” household are, extremely sensitive to feeling they have no control over things around them. My art reflects this. I have choices to remedy and react to the occurrences in my work. I have accumulated skills and knowledge to cope with the many seemingly random happenings that occur. This is a tool for coping with life also.
Ramapo University of New Jersey, B.A.
Michigan State University (coursework in art and education)
Bridgewater University, M.A.T.
Lesley University of Art and Design, M.F.A.