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Based in Cheltenham, Lorraine graduated with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture and Ceramics from Portsmouth before completing an MA in Art Education in Birmingham. After teaching Fine Art and ceramics in secondary schools for twenty years, she moved into adult education. Alongside painting in her studio and from life models, she runs a painting and drawing class for adults. Her distinctive oil and pastels are often painted in soft greys, blues and yellows with a strong architectural element. She says of her work:
“My paintings are a result of contemplations, observations and memories of my surrounding over a period of time. I often find my inspiration in mundane subject matter I see on a daily basis like the surface of a roof, a window catch or chimney. As I work on the image I allow subliminal images and narratives to surface. The paintings are rarely planned out in advance and are a result of my constant desire to challenge the realism in the images which evolve through a process of reworking, scraping and archaeological layering. Therefore I would describe my painting as neither abstract or representational but rather stories half told, feelings about human dilemmas and tensions hidden beneath the surfaces. The process of the painting often becoming the subject matter. The work is finished as soon as I reach a unified and harmonious result”.
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Open Exhibition
Affordable Art Fair Bristol