Photo Credit Jodi Craine Photography
Lorra received her BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas in Austin. For years she worked in the financial services industries but always pursued creative outlets outside of work. Once she lived in Georgia, she decided make a change and enrolled in interior design courses at The Atlanta College of Arts. Her interest in interiors helped her appreciate color, shapes, composition, textures and patterns in art. Once her twins were born, she needed an outlet. She started painting and never stopped. Over the last decade, she continually improved her skill set, learned new processes, and studied the application of mediums and materials by taking painting instruction from renowned artists in the United States and abroad. She is represented by several Southeastern galleries, participated in juried shows and is in private collections across the United States and internationally.
Sometimes a tragic event forces us to look in the mirror and evaluate where we are in our life. My father was an avid fan of hummingbirds and enjoyed feeding and watching them at his lake house in East Texas. I started painting hummingbirds in his memory after he passed away. When they sold quickly, I felt it was a sign that painting was my calling. Through hummingbirds, my father was communicating to me to follow my dreams and was the genesis of my art career.
Since then, I have taken many workshops to expand my knowledge about materials and processes. In my studio, I enjoy mixing up mixed media by utilizing many different materials to create paintings. Some of the more unusual items included in my art include lavender stems, torn strips of bed sheets, and waxed rice paper. Mixing up mixed media and processes brings me inspiration and can create some surprising outcomes.
Home is where the heart lives and where I am a proud mother of teenage boys and my adorable dog, Bandit. My paintings of nests are an artistic representation of my home and my desire to create a nurturing environment for my family. My nests also represent new beginnings, growth, freedom, courage and fertility.
The gifts present in nature inspire me. My hummingbird paintings are connected to my father. Painting flowers brings me joy and is a reminder that simple things can really brighten your day. My abstract landscapes are about form, shape, color and texture.
I am enjoying my artistic journey and feel fortunate that I continue to grow, explore and share through painting. The process of self-discovery is what gets me there. Through art, I continually learn more about myself.