Lorena Pugh

Working in oils as a contemporary realist, Lorena has received a number of national and international awards. She earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, attended the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design. As a student of realism in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Lorena’s focus was illustrative as you can see with the Purebred Editions images. With the revival of classical realism, her work has shifted from a more communicative approach to a more emotive style. Currently she is half way through a two-year project to produce a body of work relating to Narragansett Bay. The project will culminate in a show at Dryden Gallery in Providence RI this October, with partial proceeds going to an environmental group for the bay. She is also represented by Renjeau Gallery in Boston MA and Costal Contemporary Gallery in Newport RI. As a realist I am interested in light and the diaphanous quality of materials. Using a glazing technique which requires many layers of thin paint to build the painting, I can create subtle changes in the opacity of the paint film resulting in the illusion of light beyond the value changes of the pigments. Organic forms and translucency have been my muse for still life and I have recently added landscapes. I am a mid career artist living and working in North Kingstown, RI. I’ve studied with a variety of schools and studios and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute.

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