Sisson Blanchard was born in 1929 in Trouin, a small mountain village in the south of Haiti. Blanchard came to Port-au-Prince and worked as a landscaper at the Centre d'Art. He started painting in 1948 with the encouragement of an American sculptor named Jason Seley. It was Joel who gave Blanchard his first painting materials and suggested that he do a painting to show to Dewitt Peters. Blanchard's barnyard and peasant scenes, naive and bold in their charming exuberance, have had a direct appeal to art lovers. Illustrations of his painting can be seen in Marie Jose Nadal's book "Haitian Arts” and Eleanor Ingalls Christensen's book "The Art of Haiti".