It was inevitable really. It was inevitable because of an enduring aspect of my life...travel and being out of doors whenever possible. It was in the cards that I would find artistic purpose through landscape painting.
But it's not just a pretty picture that I'm after. My travels always leave me curious about all the available land that exists out there with the sand, sage, snakes and such; land with little evidence of human activity. The minute I leave the big city I find myself once again compelled to paint those great empty places which say so much to me about where I stand in the scheme of things.
I paint places without much in the way of human intervention. I paint scraps of small towns or roads winding through small communities. Sometimes, I just paint sage and creosote, pine or juniper. For me it's all about isolation and solitude and clarity.
My favorite medium is soft pastel on black paper. I like how the black paper enhances the colors and strokes I use to express what I see and feel. These great open spaces ask that I work as large as possible, and yet, sometimes the small piece says as much as a large piece. Ocassionally, I stray on to canvas with acrylic or oil simply because the mediums innvite me to do so.
Loraine Veeck is a native Californian, presently living in the Los Angeles area. She received her education in art from California State University in Northridge. Her mentor was Alice Beamish from whom she learned the importance of spatial concepts, movement, color, and allowing the intuitive flow of creativity. Veeck has been given many solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Los Angeles and southwestern United States. She has also exhibited in invitational and juried shows for several years and has won many awards.
She was awarded a residency grant through the Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos New Mexico for 10 weeks during the summer of 2019. https://wurlitzerfoundation.org.
A selection of recent exhibition follows:
Whites Art Framing and Restoration – January through May 2018
Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica – July 2017
Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica – April 2015
Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga - Earth and Water – May 2014
Red Brick Gallery, Ventura – “Metamorphosis’ – January through March. 2013
The Happening Gallery, Santa Monica - August, September 2011
Old Pueblo Frameworks and Gallery, Tucson – Featured Artist – January 2011
Whites Art Framing and Restoration, Montrose - Recent Work – November 2009
Howell Green Fine Arts Gallery – Topanga - June, July2007
Howell-Green Fine Arts Gallery - Topanga “New Work” 2006
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – January – May 2005