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Lorna Ritz

"I paint as though I have only this day to touch paint and see color. My reaction to facing the unknown, and not recognizing myself in the mirror, and having pain, was to paint as though there was no tomorrow. It was always this attitude by which I live and paint."

- Lorna Ritz, Still Life Artist

Lorna Ritz

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Lorna Ritz is a nonobjective landscape oil painter, an 'abstract impressionist-expressionist.' She is a recurrent thyroid and spine cancer survivor, whose focus as a painter has always been about creating space through color relationships. She broke the trees up, broke open the sky and the rivers, as though they were windows through which she could fly. This is how she felt when she endured pain: competing with her body that was made of china about to shatter. The more pain, the more hope. Through painting, she expresses gratitude through all that she does, and not just by painting.
Painting was never a ‘healing-type therapy’ for Lorna, as she is, by nature, simply, 'a painter." She paints as though she has only this day to touch paint and see color. Lorna makes new discoveries by thoroughly indulging her curiosities. Her reaction to facing the unknown, suddenly, and not recognizing herself in the mirror, and having pain, was to paint as though there was no tomorrow. It was always this attitude by which she lived and painted anyhow. She has painted the ocean, dunes and sky, mountains, clouds and trees, searching for landscape experiences, cities and cultures to paint. Each of her paintings represents a crystallized chunk of formal experience, while being very personal at the same time. Her paintings are earthy, rock-like and weighty, and yet they have in them the rhythm of the sea. She is a nature painter; the nature “out there” coupled with her own internal landscape. Her ‘inner’ finds the equivalent “out there.”
BFA Pratt Institute, MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art. Teaching positions: R.I. School of Design, Brown University, University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, "Guest Critic" @ Vermont Studio Center 1991 - 2013. Teaching @Western New England University since 2004. Lectured at Instituto de Belles Artes, (Medellin, Colombia); Humboldt State U. (CA); The New York Studio School, Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, (France), and have traveled through the U.S. IA to Malta and Honduras to teach at the universities: paintings exhibited through the Art-in-Embassies Program in D.C. in Africa and Guatemala, and Caracas, also: Divinity Center at Yale University, Bowery Gallery in NYC, Hillyer Gallery at Smith College, the Fine Arts Center's ‘The Contemporary Art Museum” at the University of Massachusetts, Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, Fine Arts Center, Provincetown, MA. the Huntington Museum, Windsor, CT.
Also; "The Painting Center,"NYC, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY., Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA., and solo shows at Senator Rosenberg’s State Office in the Capital, Boston, in 2014 @ The French Cultural Center, Boston, Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, NH. Collections: Cedars-Sinai, (Los Angeles), Hale and Dorr Law Firm, (Boston), McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School, (Belmont, MA.), Bank of Boston, Johnson and Johnson, (N.J.), Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, (N.M.), the Burnham Institute, (CA.), Veridex, (NJ), Mead Art Museum @Amherst College, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Childrens’ Hospital, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA., Nataxis Global Asset Management, Boston, Thompson Financial Management, (Northampton, MA). Lorna three times received the Pollock-Krasner Grant Award, a Kittredge Fund Grant from Harvard University. Taught painting @American University, (D.C.). in Umbria, Italy, lectured The New York Studio School, taught a “Drawing Marathon;” ‘cultural ambassador,’ (through the International Residency Program ‘at The Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass), South Africa , a recipient of Puffin Foundation Grant to work w/prisoners, George Sugarman Foundation Grant Award, Berkshire Taconic Artists Resource Trust, Artists’ Fellowship, NYC three times, The Haven Foundation Award, Maine, twice, and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, NYC. I am a Five College, Inc. Associate Member and 2015 Adjunct Lecturer of Painting, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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