Ambassador of the Week: Lorraine Watry

Meet Lorraine Watry, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“Splish Splash” is an American White Pelican that I photographed at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, UT. The bright orange beak was the perfect counterbalance to the neutral colors. Re-creating the bubbles, sparkles, and movement of the water was both challenging and exciting.

Lorraine Watry is a Colorado contemporary realist painter of waterscapes, landscapes, and reflective objects. Lorraine illuminates qualities that often go unnoticed by the casual observer and her art is characterized by bright colors, dramatic light and realistic reflections. Lorraine likes the challenge of painting reflections in water and glass and while helping with her son’s high school band she became intrigued with reflections in band instruments.

“Floating Among the Lilies” is a scene from the St. Louis Botanic Gardens. I enjoy painting waterlilies and the glass globes that were floating among them added extra color and form to the scene.

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Colorado in Boulder with an emphasis in drawing. After college, she designed clip art at a graphics company for several years. Lorraine began working with watercolor 24 years ago. She taught watercolor at Pikes Peak Community College for 3 years. Lorraine currently teaches watercolor and drawing to classes at her studio and at other venues. Lorraine enjoys passing on her love of the watercolor medium to her students.

“Shows Over” was my first marching band painting. I love reflections and metal has that in spades! I enjoy finding all of the abstract shapes that make the whole object believable and shiny.

Lorraine’s painting of a pelican, “Splish Splash”, was juried into the 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and recently juried into the Best of Watercolor Splash 20 publication available in 2019. Her watercolor “Lilies and Glass Globes” was awarded Best in Show at the 25th Annual Colorado Watercolor Society, 2016 State Exhibit. In 2015, Lorraine’s painting, ‘Sonata for Horns’ was juried into the prestigious, International exhibition – the Shenzhen Biennial in China. Lorraine’s painting, ‘Shows Over’, was juried into the Best of Watercolor Book Series – ‘Splash 14 – Light and Color. Her paintings are winners of prestigious awards from the National Watercolor Society and other juried exhibitions including Rocky Mountain National, Watercolor West, and the Transparent Watercolor Society. She has received recognition from several art publications including – The Artist Magazine, Pratique des Arts, and International Artists Magazine. Lorraine has achieved Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society and the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. She has studied with master watercolor artists – John Salminen, Linda Baker, and Ted Nuttall.

Lorraine exhibits at Arati Artists Gallery in Old Colorado City and Cornflower Boutique and Gallery in Frisco, CO.

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PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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