Louise Belanger has a degree in Ceramics from Central St Martins, London UK. Her love of ancient history and archaeology led to illustration work during the vacations on archaeology projects in Turkey and Italy, and in 1980 her career began to take a new direction when she joined the Lamanai Archaeology Project in Belize. Louise was responsible for the illustration of ceramic, stone and bone artefacts, architectural friezes and masks, and reconstruction paintings of Maya temples for archaeological reports and publications. As part of the Belize Tourism Development Project, Louise researched the methods and techniques of building with lime and helped in the restoration of a 4m high limestone mask on the Mask Temple. Louise's extensive knowledge of Maya art and symbolism has led to the development of more personal work. She now does paintings in oil and watercolour combining designs from ancient Maya ceramic vessels with the landscape, flora and fauna of Central America.