Lorrie B. Turner
Lorrie B. Turner has been painting all her life, taking her first professional lesson at age eight and she had her first exhibition at age twelve (NYC schools, Board of Ed.) She continued her art education in New York City, and then went into advertising and the publishing/magazine world.
Lorrie’s love affair with pastel, its vibrancy of color, its luminosity and sensuality all began about thirty-five years ago, although she still paints in oils. Her subject matter is an impressionistic urban-scape, water/marine-scape or whatever other world she happens to find herself, mirroring its and her many moods, personalities and feelings, both familiar and challenging. The very act of painting is a release of controlled emotion in color and energy. Painting outdoors or ‘from life’, is her main joy, many times creating a traffic jam in the middle of a normally busy city street, and at other times reflecting the alone-ness of an autumn beach.
Turner moved from New York in 2005, to Florida, where she can paint “plein aire” almost all year. She has been teaching, giving demonstrations and workshops in pastel painting nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. In New York, she taught at the Pastel Society of America at their studios in the National Arts Club, as well as on Long Island, NY and now privately in her studio. “I learn almost as much from my students as they learn from me – especially humility.” She also juries local art shows, and gives critiques as a program at various art clubs.
Currently on the board of the Boca Raton Museum of Art – Artists’ Guild 2nd Vice President & Gallery Director, she is also a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and a past board member of PSA, Southwest Florida Pastel Society, Salmagundi Club and several local art clubs in New York and Florida. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe and China, and is included in many private and corporate collections.