Q & A with Mary Pratt (March 14, 2007)

1. When and where were you born?

Fredericton, NB.  March 15, 1935.

2. Do you have brothers and sisters?

Barbara Cross – sister.

3. Did you like them when you were growing up?

Yes.

4. What was your favourite thing to do when you were a child?

Read – make scrapbooks from pictures in magazines – birthday cards etc.

5. Did you have any jobs you had to do for your parents?

Yes – my sister & I always  “did” the dinner dishes (“washed up”), helped sweep and dust, make our beds – iron and help bakeweed & hoe the garden – cut the grass with a push mower – etc.

6. What were your favourite classes at school?

English, history

7. Did you have a favourite game or sport?

Soccer, in school. But we played “rounders” in the back yard, and the neighbours and our parents played croquet.

8. Did you have a favourite book?

The Little Princess by Frances H. Burnett.

9. Did you draw or paint as a child?

Yes.

10. Did you know any artists when you were a child?

Yes – Lucy Jarvis.

11. Did people think you would grow-up to be an artist?

Yes.

12. How old were you when you decided to be an artist?

10 years old.

13. Why did you decide to become an artist?

It was evident (prizes etc) that other people thought I was “good at it.”  I liked to paint.

14. Did you go to art school?

Yes.  Mt. Allison School of Fine Arts.

15. Who is your favourite artist?

Morandi – but I could also say Rembrandt? So many…

16. What is the best thing about being an artist?

Working at what I love – when and how I choose.

17. What is the worst thing about being an artist?

The demands it makes on my health.

18. If you could be anything else in the whole world, what would you be?

I have no idea.  I don’t think about being “anything else.”