"First of all, I paint because I must... It's as much a part of me as breathing. If life gets in the way, and I don't have time to paint, I soon feel out of sorts and disconnected. So I paint and then I feel whole once more.
I am a self taught artist who learned much by trial and error. Because I had to work through problems while creating, it helped me to understand what new students go through, so I am better equipped to help them. Next to creating my own work, I enjoy teaching others. What a joy it is to see that sparkle of understanding in their eyes! I'm proud to say that in 25 years of teaching art, I have never had a failure!!
As a side note, I was also nominated 5 years in a row for the prestigious "Friends of the Arts Award" in the arts education category. A highlight of my career was to have a piece accepted for an exhibit in Nagano, Japan during the Winter Olympics, which then was part of a traveling exhibit for 6 months.
I enjoy all aspects of the painting process, no matter the subject or medium, but it pleases me most to paint portraits of people and animals. My goal is to capture that innate spirit that makes up the personality of each individual. I truly believe that the eyes are the pathway to the soul. Get that right and the rest is easy!!"
Lorelle Bacon is lead teacher in our Studio program and frequently teaches workshops in all subjects and mediums. See the class descriptions for details of current classes.
Flower Hmong - N. Vietnam, 20 x 16, oils
Gaddi Shepherds - India, 24 x 36, oils
Sitting On The Edge - Nepal, 24 x 18, oils
Village Life - Thailand, 20 x 16, oils