Born in Canada, but an Annapolis, Maryland resident for more than 20 years, Lorraine Ellerson is an artist and interior designer. As reflected in her portfolio, Lorraine's work aesthetic is subtle color relationships in oil at a large scale. As a landscape artist, her work expands the conceptual boundaries of sky, land and water.
Lorraine's background as an interior designer fueled her interest in painting as the spaces she designed needed art to feel complete. But, her appreciation for art started early in life; her mother was a painter who opened her mind to many modes of creative expression.
Lorraine's emphasis on process is a nod to the work of non-objective painters like Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. Artists Kasimir Malevich and Milton Avery have also influenced her approach.
Choosing to work on larger canvases supports her admiration of the color field style, as well as the everyday view of our great, open Chesapeake Bay. Lorraine is interested in the expansion of boundaries and the idea that a landscape contains many perspectives, waiting for exploration. She often use plaster and wax with palate knife to create a sculptural texture and weight. White color dominates her paintings, a drop of light reflects calmness.
As reflected in her portfolio, Lorraine's work aesthetic is subtle color relationships in oil at a large scale. As a landscape artist, her work expands the conceptual boundaries of sky, land and water. While she draws inspiration from a variety of sources - modern architecture, couture fashion and Asian photography, once she picks up her brush, these ideas are distilled down into merely shapes and colors, which then serve as a creative roadmap for the piece.
Lorraine is a member of Maryland Federation of Art and a founding member of the Annapolis Art Between the Creeks group exhibit show, which has been a staple in the community for more than a decade. Until recently, she served as a Maryland Hall Artist-in-Residence, a competitive three year program, which provides studio space and creative opportunities for those selected.
Lorraine has trained at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in Washington, D.C., as well as locally at Maryland Hall under the direction of Mary Arthur.