Jeanette Wong was born in Trinidad in 1938.
Before immigrating to Canada in the 1970’s, she worked at Radio Trinidad for several years as Secretary to the General Manager. While in Canada, she worked at the municipal offices of the City of Mississauga as Executive Secretary to the Commissioner of Human Resources.
Jeanette started the art of “paper tole” in the 1980’s in Canada, as well as other art forms such as floral arranging (both fresh and artificial medium), ceramics, crewel embroidery and decoupage.
Paper Tole is the art of carefully cutting, shaping and assembling from flat paper prints of various pictures (eg: flowers, landscapes) onto the images to achieve a three-dimensional effect. This type of art requires patience, a great deal of attention to minute details which is most challenging, satisfying, and enjoyable.
Over the years having developed a greater love for paper tole, Jeanette has focused on creating pieces which include scenic landscape, flora and fauna, animals, religious figures, Carnival costumes, musical instruments, historical landmarks in Trinidad and Tobago as well as an historic view of the buildings, tram cars and people from Bridgeton Cross Mansions in Scotland.