Serena Pelissier


The daughter of Edith and Howard French, Serena French Pelissier grew up completely immersed in what she later learned was called “original art.” It was a term that seemed almost comical to her at first, since she didn’t know there was any other kind. Her own appreciative awareness of the world of visual art only began in college. Before that she had been primarily interested in, first music, then theater, then literature and language. In college she studied art history, but concentrated on foreign language, which she continued at the graduate level and taught, until circumstances allowed her to follow what had been an increasingly strong pull toward studio art. First drawing then painting, she moved toward creating compositions in textiles and paper. The aim is to capture subtle mood, memory, and unabashed nostalgia, through color combinations that surprise, delight, and perhaps reach deep inside us.