Born in Utah, Loreen has spent time living in Wyoming, Nevada and California and now has made a return to her Utah roots and living in the Wasatch Range where the changing seasons provide inspiration from the bucolic, rural areas in the surrounding mountains and foothills. Not far to the South lies the sandstone southern Utah National Parks and desert, which have also influenced Loreen’s work.
At an early age Loreen showed a strong interest in the arts and has been occupied in various creative activities as long as she can remember. To pursue her love of painting she felt she needed formal training to refine her technical skills. While working as a consultant she began pursuing a Graphic Arts degree and went on to receive a Fine Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). The two types of art have merged in her work as elements of design, photography and digital imagery continue to influence the variety of her compositions. At UNR she received several scholarships and awards in recognition of her works and after graduation she volunteered as a docent for a number of years at the Nevada Museum of Fine Art. During this time she continued her consulting contracts with several Nevada County’s that kept her days busy. In 2009 political influences across the country stopped funding the project she had been working on for the past years. She moved back to Utah, constructed a studio and began to practice her painting and artistic endeavors full-time. She has continued taking classes and workshops to enhance and improve her skills as her passion for painting and creating art are deeply rooted in her.
Her works showcase her love of layering and experimentation with shape, repetition and texture. Her compositions are often an expression of her interest in color and how it sets the tone in a painting. As an artist and teacher, she has explored and experimented with a wide range of media from watercolor, pastels, oil & acrylic to Encaustic wax.
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Encaustic Wax art - The Kiss
The encaustic hot wax process is a spontaneous medium where hot wax is applied to gessoed wood panels. It is typically layered to create more opaque, or more translucent effects, and can be combined with colored wax or collage materials (like photos or paper). Each layer of wax can also be scraped, textured or polished for a variety of finishes.
Growing up in the West, Loreen enjoys creating romantic narrative and iconic imagery from the trailblazing pioneer to the spaghetti westerns. She often adds a modern graphic design to her oil paintings of western characters making them feel current and provide entertainment and humor to iconic images from the 60s.
High em High
Loreen with a print of one of her sea life watercolors.