Lora Duguay
  • Female
  • Clearwater, FL
  • United States
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Are you a Polio Survivor?
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When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
late 90s
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Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Having had polio at a very young age, 3, I have known nothing else. For me that's when my journey began. Experiencing pain, suffering, rejection, humiliation, ridicule, loneliness helped me gain so much wisdom, once over the anger, then came forgiveness, patience, empathy and kindness for others. Life is all about what you make it. I wouldn't trade my journey with anyone else.

To view my art or purchase fine giclee prints on canvas, paper or customized greeting cards click The Art of Lora Duguay below.

The Art of Lora Duguay

"The Pure Pleasure is my relationship with the canvas."

A bit about me: A polio survivor since the young age of 3, after a 26 year career as a medical language specialist, I began oil painting as a hobby, emerging into a full time career when postpolio syndrome affected my life. Artistic creativity has been focused on the cultural beauty of indigenous tribes and nature. Paintings depict the beauty and romanticism of nomadic people living life from the earth, making my art unique, while the animals depict either the gentleness or ferocity associated with their nature. I am driven by the desire to create that which flows forth from a higher power. All images and text copyright © 2010, Lora Duguay, All Rights Reserved.

2009 Exhibitions: Lewis House, Eckerd College; Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida; Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, (101 Pieces of a Dream), Tampa, Florida; ArtSpring, South Pasadena, Florida. 2008 Exhibitions: Native American Inter-Tribal Group Art Exhibition, Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, Tampa Nov. 5 through Dec. 6, 2008; Gallery/Studio of Duane Probus, Largo, Florida; Edfish Gallery Exhibit in Sarasota, Florida; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; ArtSpring, South Pasadena, Florida, Spring Art Exhibit VSA Arts, Tampa, Florida. Lora shares her creativity as a Teaching Artist in Residency with VSA Arts of Florida. 2007 Exhibitions: Tampa Museum of Art, Through My Eyes Exhibit, juried art show. Oldsmar City Hall Exhibit, Olsdmar, Florida. 2006 Exhibitions: Vocational Rehabilitation Exhibit, Tallahassee, Florida. 25th Anniversary Celebration of VSA Arts of Florida Exhibit Ruth Eckerd Hall. HCC Community College Art Gallery, Dale Mabry Campus. HCC Community College Gallery, Ybor City Campus. 2005 Exhibitions: The Women's Center, Jacksonville, Florida. Riverwalk, Jacksonville, Florida. The Cummer Museum, Creativity Works Exhibition.

Currently a Board Member and Member of VSA Arts of Florida, as well as a member of VSA Arts an international, a nonprofit organization http://www.vsarts.org/.

Recently broadcast on 10 Connects news 10 Connects Hero: Artist paints picture of success, as well as WUSF, Spectrum Television, and in the Spring/Summer Edition of USF Magazine, the local government television show "Polk Place" with the Native American Mother and Child painting. Fox Channel News 13 did a segment on "What's Right With Tampa Bay," about my life, my art and the VSA 25th Anniversary Celebration, October, 2006. I have also given docent tours at the Tampa Museum of Art during the "Through My Eyes Exhibition," as well as presentations about VSA Arts of Florida at the St. Petersburg Hilton, "Hearts and Famiies Program."

Currently an Artist in Residency sharing artistic creativity with children who have disabilities throughout the State of Florida.

I have also painted alla prima, live, at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) and at the University of South Florida.

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At 2:29pm on September 6, 2011, susan fuentez said…

Hi Lora! Thank you for inviting me to be your friend It's always nice to share our lives with others we can relate to. Sorry I took so long to respond... I could'nt find where to accept! lol have a great day, I hope to get to know you better!


At 4:18am on August 25, 2011, Yvonne Eubanks said…

Hi Lora,

I appreciate you inviting me to be your friend. I don't get on the computer often but try to make my time there relevant. I enjoyed your pictures and feel you are truly a gifted painter. I had polio at 3 also and started having PPS complications about 10 years ago. I look at every day as a gift and go to sleep every night with a smile on my face. (Even if I'm in pain)

Take care,


At 10:50am on August 24, 2011, Anne E Johnson said…

Hi, Lora,

Thanks for inviting me to be your friend.  I've having a lot of issues with PPS now.  How are you doing?  Where do your live?  I'm in Torrance, CA.

Anne  Johnson

At 9:08pm on February 16, 2011, Daniel L. (Dan) Middlebrooks said…

Great meeting you Lora! Don't know how I missed your e-mail. I have a daughter in St. Pete I come down to see often



At 4:32pm on November 23, 2010, giacom rodrigues alves said…
if you want pass me your number of phone I can call to you more please no speak many speed if no I no underted nothing ok.good bye
At 4:20pm on November 23, 2010, giacom rodrigues alves said…
my god you have a wonderful gift congratulations, I have a great desire to live in the United States but for all the people I tell this dream not to believe in me and still says to me like "you were born in Brazil and will die in Brazil "But I do not care who knows that one day I can not go there, I managed to find the telephone number of emanuel Poznanski he and las vegas nv in 2005 he came to my house in Brazil because he had an affair with my aunt luciane then phoned to see if he could help me to go then he has treated me very well, but a woman who is also Brazilian and working with it myself chingo humiliated me and took little time to get help for him now I'm afraid to call again you think I should try again or not
Ler foneticamente
At 1:58pm on November 21, 2010, giacom rodrigues alves said…
lora emanuel I'm not I'm known him and I'm from Brazil and also not have polio, and those beautiful pictures that I saw in your pictures, it was you who painted?
At 2:11pm on November 15, 2010, giacom rodrigues alves said…
sorry to bother you, I managed to find this person did not work more, but thanks anyway for the attention and if you want a Brazilian friend as I am here good bye and again thank you if were for you gimme a note on my english what you give
At 10:33pm on November 13, 2010, Ella Gaffney said…
Hello Lora
The Harvest Centre is a great site heaps of information - Dr Bruno must be a very cleaver compassionate man, I would love to be one of his patients but living in Australia not possible. Have you been in a wheelchair all along? I find my body is slowly getting weaker so learning to conserve energy to stay on my feet longer. This is also a great site I love reading members stories I have even submitted a short story myself, maybe I'll be reading your story soon.
God Bless
At 3:43pm on November 10, 2010, giacom rodrigues alves said…
if you made the number from emanuel leave in my page thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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