Bermudian Artist, Ronnie Chameau, nee Smith, was born on St.David’s Island at the eastern end of Bermuda. She was educated at St.David’s Primary School and St. George’s Secondary School. When Ronnie married, she and her husband, Michel, moved to Pembroke Parish where they continue to make their home. Michel is from Paris, France, which has become their second home.
Ronnie has been interested in arts and crafts from the young age of five. In her art world, her medium was ink and watercolor, she has extended her art using bark from the banana tree to creates scenes.
In 1986, Ronnie revived the dying art of doll making. She hand crafts dolls from banana and palm leaves. Mrs. Marie Gleeson inspired Ronnie; unfortunately, Mrs. Gleeson did not pass her craft on to anyone. Ronnie in her later years decided to preserve the art of doll making which she continues to do today. At Christmas, she makes Angels, Nativity Scenes and hanging ornaments all made from natural material.
Not to mention Ronnie’s dollhouse collection, she has built several dollhouses that are furnished with unique collection of miniatures. One of her dollhouses is a replica of Verdmont, the National Trust Museum in Smith’s Parish. It is on display in the garret at Verdmont.
Oprah Winfrey Is an owner of a Chameau Doll. At the Smithsonian Archives in Washington, D. C., there is a Chameau Angel, also a doll at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut. The former Premier, Dame. Jennifer Smith commissioned Ronnie to make dolls for baskets that were made up for dignitaries visiting the Island. In 2001, Ronnie was presented "The Bermuda Gold Award" for her handcrafted souvenirs.
In May 2003, The Bermuda Philatelic Bureau was proud to present a stamp featuring two of the Chameau Dolls. This year they are featuring Christmas ornaments on a Stamp the first day cover is September 24th 2009
Ronnie is active as a Trustee in the St.David’s Historical Society, and the St David's Islanders and Native Community.
Ronnie, has been featured in many local magazines, newspapers, and She has appeared on television and radio talking with Mr. Lopes about the St.David’s Calendar.