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Artist Francine Renee Schneider


An example of fine art by Francine Renee Schneider

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Biography


My formal studies began at Syracuse University with a BFA in painting with honors in 1975, and subsequent postgraduate study at the Sorbonne in Paris, France at the L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  I established my art career exhibiting and selling at the Raymond Duncan Gallery in Paris, and later at the Henry Howells Gallery in New York City’s SoHo.
 
In my mid-20’s, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis*. Upon my diagnosis, I moved from Paris to the United States with my French husband and young son. I was fortunate to get gallery representation at Henry Howells Gallery in New York City. In a few short years my young art career started to take shape, and I secured exclusive representation through the gallery. Over the next several years, my work sold well and people began collecting my artwork. The gallery invited me to prepare for my first big one woman show.
 
Shortly thereafter my life and world were upended. A severe MS attack suddenly hit both of my hands. They were numb along with excruciating nerve pain. I couldn’t hold a fork let alone a paintbrush. I will always remember that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I gave the gallery the bad news — there wouldn’t be any show since I couldn’t even hold a pastel without crushing it.
 
A year of intensive physical therapy restored many primary functions in my hands, but the more “delicate” sensations for textures, wet or dry, did not return.

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