I remember my college roommate saying “ Loretta, You’re the sort of person who would find meaning in a falling leaf! “ My reaction was “Doesn’t everybody find meaning in a falling leaf?”
My earliest form of art learning was as a child in visits to the Cleveland Art Museum. I admired particularly the lyrical calligraphy of the brushstrokes and the creatively imagined compositional space of the folding screen ink paintings. My regular observance of the Impressionists & Post-Impressionists added an appreciation of color and expression. I graduated from a special double program at the University of Maryland with a Masters in Fine Art and in Art Education. For a decade I was an Associate Professor of Art at Madonna University in Livonia MI, outside of Detroit. I was very active for another dozen years as an Assistant Professor of Art at Rivier University while raising my two daughters in NH. My art has been in national and international juried exhibits and has been acquired by private and public collections. I have participated in a partial fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and been an artist resident at the Cultural Collaborative of Ghana.
My goal is to use evocative and expressive imagery to touch the imagination of the viewer. My major subject is the spiritual qualities of nature. For that purpose, I recompose life images to best inspire musings in the viewer, musings that I hope will relate to their experiences or perhaps make them more appreciative of nature. This is an important goal in this time of global warming.
I was an Associate Professor for a decade at Madonna University MI and was an Assistant Professor for a dozen years at Rivier University in printmaking, watercolor, color and design & art appreciation. I currently teach in my Nashua North End Studio for Fine Art.