Adrienne was born to a military P.Eng. in Edmonton, Alberta whose postings took his family to new locations across Canada on a frequent basis. Adrienne attended 13 schools in 13 years from Victoria, B.C. to Montréal, Québec and north to Whitehorse, Y.T. Every posting was a new experience of making friends, new schools, curriculums and changing climatic and social forces.
Always interested in art from early childhood, she found an avenue for expression and pleasure in her constantly changing world. Adrienne pursued art throughout her school years both at school and in private lessons.
In 1984, Adrienne attended the University of Calgary to obtain a degree in Fine Arts. At University she majored in sculpture and minored in cultural anthropology. A highlight was to study in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she integrated courses in archaeology, anthropology and indigenous art. She graduated in 1987 with her B.F.A., married and moved to Bathurst.
Since she missed the structure of the university art programs, she decided to take advantage of what was available in the Chaleur Region beginning in 1988 with a course in ceramics given in French by Jacques Martin, who lived in the Caraquet area. In subsequent years she took courses with Molly Lamb Bobak, Robert Percival and David Silverberg, just to name a few.
In 1991 she and other emerging artists new to the Bathurst region began the Chaleur Nepisiguit Association of Art and Culture with the mandate of "Uniting artists and crafts-persons of the community for purposes of friendship, networking and cultural development of the arts". This organization was later renamed the Bathurst Art Society for simplicity.
Adrienne became President of the Art Society in 1993 when it had six members. In 2008, the society's membership had grown to 56 members. She served as President for 11 years in 2 separate terms and has always remained an integral part of the association. In 1994 she created a co-operative production of a mural together with 11 other participating artists. "On the Marsh" was later donated to the City of Bathurst as was a second mural "The Tug Boat St. Anne", (1996) and both continue to be seen on a building at the corner of King Avenue and Main Street.
In 1996, she was a founding member of the Little Gallery/La Petite Galerie that ran consistently for 6 years with the help of volunteers. In 2003 the gallery moved to a new location in a tourist waterfront development in downtown Bathurst. The gallery was renamed the Bay Breeze Art Gallery. The gallery operated almost entirely with member volunteers (except for a few summer students) until September 2008, at which time Adrienne was hired as Gallery Manager. As manager, she is responsible for daily procedures and an educational component that includes organizing and teaching art classes to the community.
Adrienne has consistently produced art works in almost all mediums. Some of the earliest creations are impressions of memories. Throughout her career she has thrown clay to produce pottery and sculptural forms. Other sculptural techniques include wood carving, metal work, paper and bronze casting. She paints in oils, collage, water color, acrylic, pastels and on silk. To her, art is a life- long event - one where there is always room to learn and where an artist must constantly reach out to achieve greater mastery in technique and expression.
Adrienne has shown widely throughout Bathurst since 1993 in annual exhibitions, at the Smurfit Stone Library, the Auberge de la Vallée, C.C.N.B.'s gallery, and she regularly exhibits her work at the two Bathurst Art Society's art galleries. She has shown at the New Brunswick Art Fair in Moncton, with the Saint John Art Society, at the Restigouche Art Gallery, the Nicol Art Museum at the University of Calgary and at the Gulf Oil Art Gallery in Calgary. She has sculptures at the Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.
Her personal journey was to help herself and others develop an artistic presence in the Bathurst area. She believes that she has attained that goal and hopes to continue to pass on her knowledge and assistance to others in the community so they will gain the pleasure and satisfaction that the process of creation can give.
Adrienne believes that art is a documentation of the history of mankind over a period of time and it is essential that it be nurtured and promoted within the community in order to create a sense of pride.