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“I am a self- taught and multi- media artist whose art would be best described as vividly fantasized surrealist illustrations.  I was born in 1975 and raised in Queens New York.  I graduated Martin Van Buren High School in 1993 and attended Queensboro Community College immediately after.  In 1997 I joined the United States Coast Guard while I attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  I majored in Forensic Toxicology and Psychology.  I became a Law Enforcement Officer in 2001, a Crime Scene Investigator in 2008 and an Arson Investigator in 2014 with the same Police Department in a little town located in NJ. 

Growing up, I was always drawn (pun intended) to art.  I excelled in art and writing classes.  I was able to draw since I was a child.  My father was an illustrator and an oil painter.  My mother was a singer and a guitar player, so in my mind, I was pretty much destined to be "artsy".   Around my late 20's and early 30's I began designing tattoos for friends and co-workers.  It took a battle with breast cancer in 2012 to open my eyes to how much I love being an artist.  That battle made me realize that we all have an expiration date and no tomorrow was good enough.  It gave me the courage to actually share my art and start a business.  

In 2013 I was asked to illustrate for an online SteamPunk publication and have had several gallery showings.  I am still a Police Officer, CSI, Arson Investigator, Artist with my own business, Wife and Mommy.  I think it's a shame that "Vista Print" tells me that there are too many titles to fit on one business card but I’ll find a clever way to condense them all.  Each job I have is important and I love every single one of them.”

Lalena Lamson bio at Outsider Folk Art Gallery

 

Lalena Lamson
Titusville, NJ

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