Born in Africa and growing up in France, Beatrice was exposed to diverse cultures and a multitude of artistic venues. Her childhood was a creative playground and her enjoyment and curiosity for the arts became part of her daily life. Moving to Florida, she received her B.S. from the University of Florida. She teaches Secondary science and infuses art in every spectrum of her profession . She believes art belongs in every classroom. In fact she loves teaching art as much as science .
With no formal training Beatrice finds street painting tremendously rewarding for the pure fact that it instills a great sense of accomplishment and is a means to imagine, create and communicate every time a piece of artwork emerges on the pavement. Her students enjoy viewing pictures of every event she attends and some partake in street painting as well.
She has recently expended her participation to many other street painting festivals throughout the Southeast. " Street Painting used to be a hobby and recently became an addiction. There's an excitement to working on creating outdoor museums with the possibility of wind, heat and even rain. Enduring various environmental elements while the murals take form is an exciting challenge. Once a festival is over I look back, reflect, make improvements, then plan for the next chalk event".
"I enjoy large scale art and participating in street painting events rekindles a familiar passion shared by many other artists every time we rendezvous at various chalk festivals throughout the year".
But the reason Beatrice enjoys street painting so much is because of what was rescued from the first event she attended back in 2004. Beatrice had lost touch with her eldest daughter and desperately needed a way to “reconnect” with her or lose her forever. She had to find something that would “entice” her daughter to see "life as beautiful " and get her to change her mind set. Art was something which had always helped Nicole cope and was a means by which she could express herself. Beatrice was introduced to The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival and invited her daughter to join. By the end of the weekend, the “mother-daughter” bond was revived. The two of them were covered with chalk from head to toe and couldn’t stop laughing as how hideous they looked .The street painting festival pulled them back together and right then the decision was made that this event will be repeated every year from that moment forward.
Mother and daughter chalk at festivals , at every opportunity possible and when time permits. They paint murals for friends and relatives including daycare centers and classroom walls. As a member of the Florida Chalk Artist Association and the International Street Painting Society, Beatrice is delighted to be invited to various festivals and given the opportunity to create artworks that leave lasting impressions long after the chalk disappeared.