The Artist

Welcome to my blog… I’m (Lorraine) Rainey Dewey, artist, mother, daughter, sister, friend and, most important to me, a child of God.  I live, work and paint in Upstate New York having moved here with my parents and four siblings in the late 1960’s.

Looking back I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing or painting something.  In the early days it was horses, mushrooms and ballerinas.  Then in 1987 – at the urging of my mother – I signed up for an adult education art class.  I assumed oil painting would be the medium of choice and so I dug out my very old paints, some very old brushes and off I went.  That first class was a surprise in so many ways.  

Surprise #1 – watercolor would be the medium of choice (I’d never seriously considered painting with watercolor) and Surprise #2 this watercolor class would unleash an unquenchable passion for creativity – no matter the medium.   There would be no turning back, nor would I want to turn back.  Much joy, peace and satisfaction has come from the creative process.

With my formal education being limited to high school art and adult ed classes I would consider myself to primarily self-taught.  What comes is a product of trial and error and, of course, this gift of creativity bestowed upon me by God.  I am grateful every day for this blessing.

As for my artist style – I consider myself a realist with abstract influences – for within each realistic work there can be found multitudes of abstract design.

I am blessed to have received awards for my watercolor and graphite work from time-to-time (see awards list below) and while it is great to be recognized the real joy is in the creative process.  One of the many things I have learned through the art is that there is always more we can learn and if we persevere and practice and remain open to new ideas our God-given talent can improve.  There are no limits to the heights we can reach.  I’m still reaching and always will be I suspect.

List of Awards:

Hagaman’s Annual Art Show, Hagaman New York, First Place Drawing “The Bog,” 2015

Art By the Lake, Cooperstown, New York, Best Use of Style, 2012

Stockade Villagers’ Art Show, Schenectady, New York, Honorable Mention, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009

Tulip Festival, Albany, New York, Honorable Mention, 2005

Twilight Cottagers Annual Art Show Honorable Mention, 1998 and 2005

Saratoga Art In The Park, Saratoga, New York, Honorable Mention, 1990, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003

Rexford Art Show, Rexford, New York Honorable Mention, 1990

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