Initially influenced as a child, first by her grandmother, an oil painter, then living in Europe as a military child, she describes herself as creatively scattered. Exposed to so much art and culture, yet uprooted so often, had life long effects. She is drawn to the simple and uncomplicated; seeing color, light, movement, pattern dispersed in the familiar places of life.
Gardening draws on her creativity, representing growth and stability. Painting landscape, ponds, waterways and characteristics of the South are many of her subjects. She has lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee since 1972 and enjoys painting encounters from her camera or painting en plein air with watercolor.
She describes her work as impressionism that can turn towards abstract and even walk into collage and mixed media. Watercolor and acrylic mediums encompass most of her impressionist pieces. Mixed media allows her to pull from many more directions with expression and design.
Lora has exhibited and sold her work locally with galleries, shops and public markets in Chattanooga. She has held employment as an artist liaison for eight years and served on the board of the Civic Arts League for three years. She has taught art with children, teens and adults. Her focus is primarily on original work, and does commissioned work upon her review and acceptance.
She is a member artist of In-Town Gallery on the Northshore in Chattanooga, Tennessee and her work can be seen and purchased there throughout the year.