Arlette Fougeras Lavergnolle was born in Morristown N.J. Her father worked for the Red Cross during WW2. He met her mother in Lyon and they were married in France in 1946.
Arlette’s first inspiration was the Belgian artist, Madame de Bliqui who taught her drawing when she was 8 years old. She continued her drawing and painting throughout her studies, but chose sociology and a nursing degree for her career plans.
Her first nursing job was on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. The vividness of colors and the beauty influenced her to devote more and more time to painting and relegated nursing to a part-time job. She began returning to the States to further develop her skills in watercolor. She met Edgar Whitney, master and teacher of watercolor, and studied with him until his death at the age of 96 years old. This association brought her in touch with a group of 30 watercolorists in Long Island whom she continues to work with, and has led to other professional studies under Frank Webb, Betty Lou Schlemm, Don Andrews and summer classes at the Art Students League in New York City. She has held many One-woman shows and added new subject matter with travels to Ireland, Africa, Brazil, Maine, Tahiti, the Indian ocean and the West Indies.
She continued her studies while traveling with classes in Paris at la rue de la grande chaumiere and had her work accepted at the Salon d’Automne held each year at the museum of the Grand Palais. In 1989 she was invited to be a member of the European Institute of Watercolor and exhibited with their group show in Holland and Belgium.
It was at this time that she met her husband at a small café art gallery in Paris and exchanged roles with her parents becoming the American wife of a Frenchman.
She continues to exhibit in the Caribbean and has held several one-woman shows in Paris and in Toulouse in the southwest of France where she now lives.