From the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail to the hills of Tuscany in Italy, to the snow-covered mountains of Utah and Colorado, the brown and green colors of Marin County, California come some of the influences for the frequently bold landscapes of Lorraine J. Davis. Likewise, the pumpkins of Fall and the forsythia of Spring are some of the influences for Lorraine’ still life paintings. Such subjects lure Ms. Davis and her brushes to the canvas, which might rest on an easel in a plein air setting, or more formally in her studio in Aspen, Colorado.
Lorraine’s works are generally characterized by dramatic use of light and shadow, the bold use of colors and not infrequently a large canvas. Combined, these create somewhat impressionistic works of still life and landscapes, leading the viewer to either want to grasp a flower from a vase, or walk along a path on a sunny day.
Born in Cortland, NY in 1962, Ms. Davis was doing pencil sketches during Sunday church service by age 5. Fast-forward to college, where the practical side of Lorraine pursued a dual major in Graphic Design and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (BA, 1985). This led to a graphic design job at Divi Resorts in 1988 where she designed brochures, refined resort identities and designed ads placed in national travel magazines as well as the NY Times.
In 1990, Ms. Davis began a 10-year relationship with the University Hospital/Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse as a graphic designer. There, Lorraine worked on patient information brochures, recruitment material for the campus, as well as, the University’s corporate identity material and fundraising for the University Hospital Foundation.
In 2000, Lorraine moved to the New Jersey/New York area, where she studied at the Ridgewood Art Institute, in Ridgewood, NJ. There, Ms. Davis focused on still life oil painting and watercolors. Ms. Davis also studied at the Art Students League in N.Y.City, with an emphasis on portraiture.