Beyond the Blue is an exhibition of paintings by Lorraine Kelly and was her stepping stone into the various shades of blue in nature. Join us for an Opening Reception Sunday October 2, 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
“Beyond the Blue” was my stepping stone into the various shades of blue in nature.
I have tried to convey the energy of scenes. I want you to feel what I am looking at, not just see it. As an example, the cold icy winds of the Gazebo in “Niagara-on-the-Lake,” the stillness of trying to catch the wind, in “The Calm” or the turmoil of “Fort Mississauga.
I work in both watercolor and acrylics. In acrylics my work is more abstract, done on medium to large canvasses.
When I get an idea of what I want to paint, I go to the colour first. I try to put the paint on rather quickly, mixing and blending on the canvas. Some paintings almost paint themselves. If I am open to what is happening on the canvas, I end up with a piece of work that I truly love and have not labored over.
Many people say painting and drawing are natural gifts. In her case it was true. As a child growing up in London, Ontario, she won many art awards. She can still see her “Bugs Bunny Cartoon” pinned up above the blackboard. When she graduated from Grade 8, she received from “The Daughters of the Empire,” an award for Outstanding Artistic Talent.
Lorraine’s first career was as a Medical Research Technician at the University of Western Ontario, London. She moved to the Hamilton area after her marriage, where she worked at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Hospital. After attending an introductory course in watercolour painting, at the Burlington Arts Centre, she knew she wanted to give more time to painting.
In 1985, Lorraine and her family moved to England. She took classes with Bridget Marlin and Jan Clutterbuck, two well-known American artists living in England. She joined The St. Albans Art Society as a member and exhibiter. Her work was handled by the Boxmoore Gallery in Hertfordshire.
In 1997, Lorraine and her husband moved to Connecticut, USA, where she joined the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. She attended a 3 day portrait workshop with Daniel Green, took a 2 month etching workshop at the Silvermine School of Art and a weeklong workshop in New Mexico, where she experienced the Georgia O’Keefe influence.
In 1999, Lorraine and her husband moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake. She continued to paint and joined the Parkway Artists Guild where she exhibited in guild group shows. She also exhibited in the Shaw Show in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In 2000, she had two one person shows, one at Lakecroft Gallery and the other at The Kennedy Gallery. Her art was carried by Artisan’s Alley (London), The Ganaraska Gallery (Port Hope), The Turner Gallery (Bayfield) and Robyn’s Gallery (Niagara-on-the-Lake).
In 2002, Lorraine and her husband, moved to Singapore. She taught watercolour and acrylic classes for seven years and spent two years learning Chinese Brush Painting. Her stay in Asia was a big determining factor in how she paints today.
In 2010, they moved back to Niagara-on-the-Lake. She reopened her studio and rejoined the Parkway Artists’ Guild of which she is the present Programme Chair. She exhibits annually in the Queenston Art Show and Parkway Artists’ Guild Show. She has ongoing work at the Wine Route Gallery near Vineland.
In 2012, she was accepted into the following juried shows: The Niagara Nights of Art, The Niagara Falls Library Show, the War of 1812, where she received the award for Best in Show.
She also did a slide presentation about “Paint Where You Live.” Along with slides she brought the paintings along from the different countries she lived in and explained why her style of painting had changed so dramatically.
In 2013, she taught watercolor classes at the Niagara Creative Art Centre, St. Catharines.
In 2015, she taught a short workshop on painting water for the Parkway Artists’ Guild in Niagara Falls.
In 2016, three paintings were accepted into the juried show “Rooted,” which took place at the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden.
She taught a short workshop on painting a winter scene in watercolor for the Parkway Artists’ Guild.
Donated a portion of the proceeds from sales of “Blue and White Aglow” to the Canadian Cancer Foundation
Donated a painting for silent auction to help raise funds for the Shaw Festival.
Donated a one day workshop for 2 to help raise funds for the Shaw Festival
Donated a painting to help raise funds for Gillian’s Place
Donated a one day workshop for 2 to help raise funds for Music Niagara
Opened up home garden on specified days for “en plain air” painting, to help raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimers Society of Canada.
Lorraine lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She undertakes commissions and does private classes and workshops.
“I am self taught, influenced by many artists and cultures. It is important to learn as much as you can from others but still have the courage to make it your own.”