I grew up in a small village in Ontario, Canada. I’ve lived in the country most of my life. I’ve enjoyed art ever since I can remember. I started writing poetry at around 12 years old. I was inspired by the movie Times Square. As for photography, around 1987, I took my mom’s old 35mm camera, a Diramic! I started to take photos of the countryside. I enjoyed painting, drawing, collaging, papier mache…all forms of art. I found it all fascinating. Then I let myself be distracted. Between college, work, and other responsibilities, art became an afterthought. Oh, I dallied here and there, mostly with poetry, but nothing more. I enjoyed a renewed interest in photography in 2007. In 2008, I created the album design for a EndOfNumbers, a New Jersey artist.
Since then, I’ve been messing around with photography and digital art. I found the courage to post some of my poetry. I still haven’t mastered the ability to ‘let go’, and be confident that a piece of art is finished. Maybe I will some day. Hope not.
Apart from that, I love animals. I have 3 cats. I like to listen to music. Sometimes I’ll listen to the same song on repeat for a week! I usually wake up with a song stuck in my head. I’m a French Canadian, so I talk a lot with my hands. As for anything else, you’ll have to ask!!
All images © 2000-2018 Mimi Patenaude
All poetry © 1987-2018 Mimi Patenaude