Lorraine Watry, NWS
Lorraine Watry is a Colorado contemporary realist painter of water-scapes, 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.
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 25 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.
Lorraine was recently filmed as a featured artist by “Colour in Your Life” an Australian art TV show. The show is view-able on Youtube and will be sent to over 300 channels around the world.
In 2019, Lorraine’s painting, “Lilies and Glass Globes” was juried into “Looking West” an American Women Artists Exhibit and her painting, “Tadpole Takeout” was juried into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibition. 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. Lorraine’s painting, “Tadpole Takeout”, won 2nd place in the International Artists Magazine, ‘Wildlife’ competition, and is published in the Oct/Nov 2018 issue. She wrote an 8 page article for the 2019 June/July issue of the International Artist Magazine and has received recognition from other art publications including - The Artist Magazine and Pratique des Arts. Lorraine has achieved Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Society, Colorado Watercolor Society and the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and has paintings juried into many National and International Exhibitions.
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Watercolors hold a fascination for me - the transparency of the paint allows a glow from the white paper, there is always something new to learn, or new to deal with because the water and color often have minds of their own.
Before I begin a painting I carefully work up the drawing, which is a very satisfying part of the whole process. I do a lot of planning in my mind for my course of action. The next step is a small color study to test out colors and get an idea of where I will begin and end.
Each piece is different, so I don’t have a set process of working. However, I often begin with the lightest colors and the background. Besides the subject matter, color, texture, and pattern are some of the most important aspects of my watercolors. I am a Colorado native and I am influenced by our beautiful blue skies and strong lights and shadows.