The Golden Years
Fernande’s French and Russian parentage and international upbringing having been born in Shanghai, China, has forged a distinct style as unique as her life experiences. Graduate of Pratt Institute and award recipient of the St. Gaudens Medal for fine Draughtsmanship, Alexander Medal for Merit from the School Art League of N.Y., and First Prize at the 31^’ Beaux Arts Finals, Westchester County Federation of Women Clubs. Fernande has exhibited and is collected across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Europe and South America- Has won numerous first prize awards at juried shows and selected outstanding artist and best painting award in Montgomery, Alabama culminating in a one woman show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Fernande’s style relates to the graphic geometry of stained glass charged with emotion and energy. Sometimes the essence is whimsical and other times her work defines a serious topic. Her prints depicting the aftermath of the Gulf War in Iraq in 1991 are owned by President George Bush 1; General Colin Powell; N.Y. Senator Alfonse D’Amato; Congressman Hamilton Fish; General Norman Schwarzkopf; the West Point Military Academy, and the original commissioned painting, now privately owned vras sought after by the Smithsonian Institute.