Marc Duquette

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Marc Duquette

United States

As a child, I drew everywhere and on everything, constantly copying comic books, action figure packages, and images of professional sports stars. From a young age I knew I wanted to be an artist. I was also involved in many sports as a child. When I entered high school, my focus switched from artwork to wrestling. This continued as I competed in college and after, training for Senior National level events and the US World Team trials. While in college, I began coaching wrestling at a local club, later for a community college, and finally at a high school. I have found that many of the hard lessons I learned from wrestling can be translated directly to being a professional painter.

In 2000, I decided to go back to University to pursue an art degree. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo State College (B.A., Art) in 2002, I attended several workshops and continued to study on my own for the next 8 years. I was then introduced to the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, and fell in love with it. I drove to Toronto several times a month for nearly 7 years to study the Academic method and tradition of drawing and painting. By acquiring the skills necessary to achieve a level of competence in painting and drawing, I can justly create the images I need to make. I am committed to continually pushing myself to learn and grow as a painter, striving to make the next work better than the last.

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