Artist reception April. 4th
Lorraine Potocki was born in Trenton, New Jersey. She received her BA in Fine Art and Education from the College of New Jersey in 1974. She works in pastel,
acrylic and oil in styles from realistic to abstract. Potocki has exhibited throughout Florida including Bright House Network Corporate Offices and Ruth Eckerd Hall. Her work has been featured in and on the cover of Tampa Bay Magazine. In 2010, she was the winner of the Clearwater Jazz Poster contest. She has received both Honorable Mention and Merit Awards from 2011-2014 in the Possibilities in Pastel shows.
Potocki is on the faculty of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa, Florida. She also gives private lessons in her home studio in Palm Harbor.
I traveled to Florida either vacationing or on business for many years. I’d walk the beach and feel as though I was born here, instead of Trenton. NJ. Then, a corporate location brought me here in 2006, and everything came together -- living where I’ve always wanted to live, doing what I’ve always wanted to do.
There are so many “Florida’s” that I never knew existed. There are small bait shops in old marinas that haven’t changed since the 1950’s. And winding rivers and quiet lakes lined with tall pines and overgrown palms and ferns undisturbed by developments or industry. My fascination of our Florida sunrises and sunsets continues, and I doubt will ever stop for me. Pastel, my primary medium, captures the amazingly brilliant colors that almost defy description. When my need to paint abstracts occurs, I turn to acrylic, oil sticks or mixed media.