Magdalene Coleman grew up in Boxford, MA and attended Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA. The art department at Masconomet was absolutely fantastic. My teachers believed in my artistic ability in more ways than anyone had before, that is, except for, my grandfather. Although he passed when I was only eleven years old, he urged me to keep creating and assured me that one day it would define me. I attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly where these paintings were created.
Diane Esmond was born in London and raised in Paris. She studied painting with the French artist Edouard MacAvoy in the 1930s. In 1940, she moved to New York, where she lived until 1952, at which time she returned to live in or near Paris for the rest of her life.