From Lori—

“As far back as I remember, I always wanted to paint and draw. As a kid, I spent my Saturday mornings at the Tonoff Gallery in Providence taking lessons in drawing and painting. Earning degrees in textiles and art, I decided to become a teacher. My teaching career, including continuing education classes and workshops  spanned over 30 years.

My advice to aspiring artists is learn the basics. Take the time to learn to draw well. Practice, practice, practice. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work. There are many wonderful classes at local art associations for all levels. Take all the classes you can. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Make lots of mistakes...happy mistakes!”

—Lori (Loretta)

The Artist—

Professional Affiliations

New England Watercolor Society

Pastel Society of America

Wickford Art Association

South County Art Association

Rhode Island Watercolor Society


University of Rhode Island: Bachelor Degree in Textiles and Art

Graduate classes at RISD, URI and RIC

Many classes and workshops including portraiture with the late Daniel E Greene; Chinese Watercolor with Lian Quan Zhen; Portraiture with Paul Leveille; watercolor and Chinese Brush Painting with Won Ok Park

Teaching Career

High School teacher for over 30 years

Continuing education classes at Community College of RI and Johnson and Wales University

Many workshops and art classes in Rhode Island and Florida since retirement in 2009

Solo Shows and Group Exhibits

Studio 460 Gallery, Wickford

Ohanga Gallery, Cranston

Rhode Island Watercolor Society Signature member showcase

Wickford Art Association juried member shows

South County Art Association Artist Member Exhibits

Warwick Center for the Arts

Courthouse Center for the Arts

Chapel View Gallery

Eunioa Gallery

University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Coastal Institute

Rare Disease Foundation, Beyond the Diagnosis: Five portraits included in the traveling exhibit.

The Artwork—

Lori’s artwork can be found in many collections and publications

Artscope Magazine March/April 2023

State Offices of Rhode Island

Narragansett Library (portrait of Maury Loontjens)

A Watercolor A Day by Oscar Asensio, Promopress Publishers

Portrait of Aikido founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, prints in U.S. and Asia



2021 April

Wickford Art Association—Abstract Exhibit—First Place Award

Breaking Free (watercolor)

2020 July

Wickford Art Association—Annual Members Exhibit—Third Place Award

Bridging Time (pastel)

2020 June

Wickford Art Association—Ocean State Exhibit Juror’s Award

Sea Glass (pastel)

2018 June

Providence Art Club—National Show Acceptance

First Flower (pastel)

2017 June

RI Watercolor Society—Anything Goes Exhibit—Honorable Mention

First Flower (pastel)

2017 July

South County Art Association—Annual Member Exhibit—Best Drawing/Pastel

First Flower (pastel)

2017 February

Rhode Island Watercolor Society—Color Exhibit—First Place Award

Against All Odds (pastel)

2015 May

Warwick Museum of Art—Colors of Spring—People’s Choice Award

Blue Reflections (watercolor collage)

2014 September

Warwick Museum of Art—People’s Choice Award

Cascade (pastel)

2013 June

WAA Blues Exhibit—Honorable Mention

Perseverance. (pastel portrait)

2013 April

WAA Mixed Media Exhibit—Honorable Mention

Blue Reflections (watercolor collage)

2012 January

WAA Fire and Ice Exhibit—Honorable Mention

Snow Dusk (watercolor)

2012 January

WAA Wickford at Slater Park—Honorable Mention

Black Point (pastel)

2011 July

WAA Art of the Ocean State—Third Place Award

Bass Rock (pastel)

2010 June

WAA Anything Goes—Honorable Mention

Temptation (pastel)

2012 September

Wickford Art Association—Annual Art of the Ocean State Exhibit—Second Place Award

Skunk Cabbage (pastel)

2006 August

WAA—Honorable Mention

Ruben (pastel portrait)

2006 July

South County Art Association—Members’ Invitational—Terry Hill Award

Black Point II (pastel)

2006 June

WAA—Second Place Award

Black Point II (pastel)

2006 February

WAA—Honorable Mention

Stormy Weather (pastel)