Lorraine has been drawing and painting a variety of subjects in varied mediums since she was a young child in Connecticut, where she found great inspiration in her scenic surroundings. From farms to flower gardens to the abundant wildlife, she was sparked by the colors and moved by the richness of everything around her, and aspired to share her exhilaration through her artworks.
"There is beauty all around us - in facial expressions, in the way light moves across a room, in the isolated patterns and textures of every day objects. My goal is not only to reflect the world around me, but to also convey the passion I feel for my subjects through my work. Whether creating a portrait or an abstract, I hope to captivate the viewer by telling the story of what initially compelled me to paint."
Lorraine's current allegorical works - dubbed 'Lorrealism' - juxtapose elements of realism with abstraction and strike an interesting balance between the two worlds. She will often let the subject or the story she is telling determine the medium she will use.
"Sometimes the medium is part of the story."
Largely self-taught, she has honed her skills through years of careful observation and rendering, and she has stretched creatively by attending workshops with a number of locally and nationally recognized artists. Her award winning art is displayed at shows and venues in Florida, Georgia and Connecticut, and her pieces are in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Recent Exhibits and Awards:
-"Abstract & Allegory" Works by Donna Frost and Lorraine Ulen, Stirling Art Studios & Gallery, Dunedin, FL, Nov '11
- Art Trysts Studio - Opening Reception, November '11
-PAVA Annual Members' Exhibit - Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, Sept - Oct '11
*Honorable Mention for "Bruce's Onions"
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Art Trysts Exhibit, March - May '11
-3rd Annual ISAP Online International Open Juried Exhibition, November '10
*Honorable Mention for "Blues"
-5th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, December '10
* AOE Merchandise Award for "Blues"
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "10-10-10@10" 40th Anniversary Art Show and Boutique
-39th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Sept- Nov '10
-Stirling Artists Studios, Dunedin, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit "We Are Studio1212", May '10
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit, March - May 2010
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "Phenomenal Women", February - March 2010
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "Holidays Are For Sharing" December '09 - January '10
-4th Annual ISAP-Florida Juried Exhibition, November '09,
*Erma J. Thomas Memorial Award for "Tempus Fugit"
-2nd ISAP Open Online International Juried Show, November '09
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "Annual Black & White Show", Featured Artist, Oct - Nov '09
-Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL: PAVA Member's Exhibit, June '09
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "Another Day in Paradise", Featured Artist, May '09
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit, March - May '09
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, "Figuratively Speaking", April '09
Art Trysts Studio - Founding Member
Studio 1212 Art Gallery
Creative Artists' Guild
PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists)
ISAP- Florida (International Society of Acrylic Painters - Florida Chapter)
ISAP- Signature Member
Florida Watercolor Society
Dunedin Fine Art Center