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Lived/Active: Rhode Island      Known for: sailing ship, landscape, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted October 2004, is from Lorraine Boucher, niece of the artist.

Warren Boucher was born July 5, 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph Boucher and Rosella Maguire Boucher. He only attended school through ninth grade, being interested more in drawing pictures than in academic subjects. According to Warren, his Irish grandmother was the only person to encourage him in his pursuit of art, giving him an easel and telling him to do what he did best.

After leaving school, he worked in the textile mills of northern Rhode Island and continued his art on the side. In 1942, he joined the Army and served in the 83rd Infantry Division in Europe. His Division participated in the Allied advance from Normandy to Germany, and in July, 1944 he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in France. His war experiences were a frequent subject of his artwork throughout his life. The last painting he completed before his death depicted a winter scene in the Hurtegon Forest. The painting is on display at the War College in Pennsylvania.

Throughout the 1950's, Warren worked as a commercial artist from his home and continued to paint canvasses of his war experiences, scenes of rural New England, portraits, and marine scenes. Most of his early work he gave away to friends and family members. He applied to the Rhode Island School of Design and attended for one day. After seeing examples of his work, they told him to go home and work on developing his unique style because formal art classes would serve only to change that style.

In the 1960's, Warren and his brother, Oliver built a small restaurant in Charlestown, Rhode Island and operated it until the mid-80's with their wives, Emily and Thelma. Warren began displaying his paintings on the walls of the restaurant and gained exposure to a much larger audience comprised of the many out-of-state visitors to the area. In some cases, he would finish a painting and hang it up in the afternoon and it would be sold by the evening.

In the 1970's, he began to have exhibits in local art galleries and to receive commissions to paint particular scenes for individuals and organizations. He also expanded his subjects to include historical scenes of Native Americans and the old West,

Warren continued to paint until his death in June of 1999.

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