Born in Quebec, Canada, Paule Dubois Dupuis lived much of her life in Ottawa and Montreal before moving to San Francisco in 1999. As a student, she couldn’t tolerate the classroom unless she was drawing or painting or, occasionally, writing a theatrical script. She started in her professional life as an autodidact, eventually even teaching others her watercolor methods. Dupuis largely abandoned that medium after feeling too constrained by the paper size. At the age of 36 she returned to college to complete her BFA. After graduating magna cum laude from Ottawa University, her family moved to California, where she was able to study at the San Francisco Art Institute. The population is denser in San Francisco than it was in Quebec, but the sun and water are her refuge and she paints in oil now to give her mind and body an outlet for stress, passion, love and sadness.