How Deep the River Savor Your Moments by Sharing Art! Thank you for visiting my site. If you have any questions or would like to commission a painting, I would love to work with you!
First things first. How do you pronounce my last name? Answer: de LORE me a (long a sound). That's what happens when you marry a French Canadian and then live in the United States ~ no one can pronounce your name. If you ever meet any other de Lorimiers, you can bet we are related to them. My wonderful husband is an army guy, and as such we have moved all over, starting out our lives in California and moving to Chicago, Hawaii (twice!), Wuerzburg, Germany, and now suburban Maryland, near Washington DC. I have driven across this beautiful country of mine a total of 6 times, twice with small children. My three beautiful children, along with my husband, are the loves of my life, and I am so blessed to have them. My absolute favorite thing to do is to gather with them around our table and share a good old-fashioned meal, complete with interesting conversation, hysterical stories, and an occasional guitar or ukelele. Perhaps this is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, where gratitude, family, and good food reign. They are growing older now, and can't always get together for holidays, which is what makes me all the more thankful when they can come home.
Why do I create art? Being an artist is part of my identity, and I have been one in some form all of my life. As a child I loved loved loved to draw. As an adult I have experimented with many mediums like brightly colored cloth in quilt making, luminescent glass in stained glass and mosaic hangings, pencil and charcoal drawings, watercolor, and my current love: soft pastel. It's not surprising that I have gravitated toward creating things, as I come from a long line of creative people. In my family I have had multiple wood workers, a goldsmith, seamstresses, and award winning gardeners. I have many a relative that can cook up a storm without a recipe, just a little imagination. I also fall into this category. The ONE THING in common that we all have is that we love to SHARE our CREATIONS. Making the art is one thing, and it definitely brings satisfaction. But the even better part is actually sharing it with others, because it creates a bond between us which is unique. Each piece of original art is a little part of the artist, and as with any gift bestowed on us, it is meant to be explored and shared. Some people use photographs to jog their memories of a moment on their life journey. For me, when I see something I created, I immediately recall that time in my life...how I felt, how old the kids were, and who my friends were in that part of the world. The artwork is a concrete reminder that I am on a life journey, and if I am doing anything right, it had better improve over time. Being an artist allows me to SEE better, and I don't mean just visually. I find I have become more sensitive to life's nuances through 3 things: experience (age), enriching my faith, and practicing my artwork. The inherent beauty in many things practically jumps out at me now. For this reason I absolutely love to paint the human figure in candid situations, capturing a little slice of life. It doesn't matter who they are...sometimes I paint strangers. My kids can all attest to the "characters" I take photos of in random situations, and they have come to accept it, even aiding me in capturing that elusive shot. Every person has dignity, and I wish to show it. Still life and landscapes are also part of what I paint, because I love the challenges each one presents. I guess I'm a little ADD. But why should I have to choose just one subject matter? Don't we all enjoy variety in what we eat: spicy, salty, or sweet? So it is with my art. As long as I can SHARE it with you, I am fulfilling my need to connect, and that enriches my life. My hope is that sharing art enriches yours too!
With That Moon Language
Everyone you see, you say to them,
Of course you do not do this out loud;
Someone would call the cops.
Still, though, think about this,
This great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying
With that sweet moon
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
Maryland Pastel Society Signature Members' Show The Arts Barn 5/31/2013-7/27/2013 Reception: 6/11/2013 (7:00-8:30 pm)
The Maryland Pastel Society's Signature Member Show will be at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg this year! Come out for the Artist's Reception on June 11 and enjoy some wine and cheese with me! Approximately 25 signature members will have their works on display, and I invite you to see the best of the best! I have chosen one of my favorite plein air paintings, Brighton Dam in Summertime , for display. See how I created this painting step by step here .
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