Born in Utah, Loreen has spent time living in Wyoming, Nevada and California traveling about the west and now has made a return to her roots and currently lives in the northern Wasatch Range where the four seasons continue to keep the view forever in flux. Loreen has drawn inspiration from the many bucolic, rural areas in the surrounding mountains and foothills where plenty of opportunity for inspiration abounds. Not far to the south lies the amazing sandstone southern Utah National Parks and desert which have also influenced Loreen’s works.
Loreen have been occupied in various creative activities since she can remember. “ One of my fondest memories is of creating a mosaics from bits of found objects that my mom kept on her shelf for many years. She was so proud of my interest in art since she was a avid watercolorist and photographer. I also remember the smell from the little paint pots which were part of a paint-by-number kit I got for Christmas.”
Loreen received her Fine Arts degree at UNR in 2001, before completing an AA in graphic arts where many elements of design, art, photography and digital imagery merged and continue to influence the variety of her compositions, each imbued with a strong graphic sense. She has taken numerous workshops throughout her career to enhance and improve her skills. Her passion for painting is anchored in colours, texture and details. Her works showcase her love of layering and experimentation with shape, repetition, new mediums and mixed media. Her compositions are often an expression of her love of color and how it sets the tone in a composition. As an artist and an art teacher, she has explored and experimented with a wide range of media from watercolor, 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.
Clint Eastwood painting from a movie still