Artist Statement:
“I am fascinated with color and all of its nuances – how it appears to change in different light and how it’s affected by the colors and values around it. 

For me, everything about color is seductive and  lures me again and again to the easel where my world becomes a dance of color, light, texture, form and the ever-shifting balance between them. My art explores that dance, that balance, and expresses the visceral connection I feel with everything I am drawn to paint. It celebrates the singular thing I have found in each subject that compelled me to capture it, and invites the viewer to cut in on the dance…”

Bio:
A native of Connecticut, artist Lorraine Ulen moved to Clearwater, FL in 1994. Although she began her art career at a very young age, she has spent the past two decades focused on honing her artistic skills and increasing her knowledge of color. 

Ulen often works in series, creating several related pieces that follow a particular idea or genre. Her love of wildlife and nature is frequently represented in her work, but she also enjoys showcasing the beauty in ordinary objects. “Beauty is everywhere, but in our busy lives, it is often overlooked. I hope my art will remind people to slow down to appreciate and reconnect with the special things surrounding them.”

In 2011, Ulen opened Art Trysts Studio, a working art studio in Clearwater, with three other artists. She teaches weekly classes and occasional workshops there and displays a selection of her artwork on a rotating basis. 

Ulen is an active member of the art community. She holds several signature memberships and has held Board positions in various local artist  organizations. She is a past president of well known PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists) and spent several years on the committee and as Chair of the two large art shows the group produces yearly, the Cool Art Show and 2Cool Art Show. 

Ulen has received a number of awards for her work including a First Place award from the International Society of Acrylic Artists – Florida chapter (now Acrylic Painters USA) and a Merit Award for Wall Art in the Boutique at the highly regarded 42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El, an invitational show. She was selected as a finalist from over 5900 entries in the 2016 Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition. Her works have been included in the publications “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs”, “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks”, and “Acrylic-Works 5: Bold Values”, all by Jamie Markel and published by North Light Books, 

Ulen displays her work at exhibits and shows in the Tampa Bay area, and her art is found in private collections throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. Studio visits are arranged by appointment. You may also stop in during any of her class times or attend one of the studio’s First Friday Open Studio events. Dates and times for classes, shows and events can be found on her website calendar. 

Feel free to contact her for studio visits, purchase inquiries, class information, commission inquiries, gallery representation, or judging requests.

Memberships: 
-Art Trysts – Founding member
-PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists)-Past President
-American Women Artists
-ISAP-Florida (Int’l Soc. of Acrylic Painters – Florida Chapter)- Signature Member
-ISAP – Signature Member
-Florida Watercolor Society
-Dunedin Fine Art Center
-Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
-Miniature Art Society of Florida

Recent Exhibits and Awards: 

-“Familiar Fauna”, Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Solo Exhibit, Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL, 2019
-8th Annual 2Cool Art Show, Juried Show, Gulfport, FL, 2019
– PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Pinewood Gallery, Largo, FL, 2018
  *Honorable Mention for “Things Are Looking Up”
-“Seaside Series”, Solo Exhibit, Westfield Countryside Mall, Clearwater, FL, 2018
-30th Annual Cool Art Show, Juried Show, St. Petersburg, FL, 2018
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Pinewood Gallery, Largo, FL, 2017
  *Honorable Mention for “Storm Watch”
– The Artist’s Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition, Finalist, “Wingman II”, 2016

– “Feathers & Fur” Solo Exhibit, Aging Well Center Gallery, The Long Center, Clearwater, FL 2016
– 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2016
– “The Birds of Paradise” Solo Exhibit, Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Honeymoon Island State Park, 2015 – 42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2015
   *Merit Award, Wall Art, Boutique
– PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Osceola Gallery, Clearwater Library, Clearwater, FL 2014
   *Honorable Mention for “Waiting Game”
– 41st Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2014
– 39th Annual International Miniature Art Show Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2014
– 8th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 2013
   *ISAP-FL (First Place) Award
– Pinellas Park Art Society Florida and Mayor’s Choice Exhibit, 2013
   *First Place and People’s Choice
– 7th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’12
   *Anti-Pesto and Bright Award for ‘Detonate’
– ‘Lorrealism: Every Picture Tells a Story’ Allegorical Works, Solo Exhibit, Blue Dahlia Marketplace Gallery, Clearwater, FL 2012
– 6th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’11
– ‘Abstract & Allegory: Works by Donna Frost and Lorraine Ulen’, Stirling Art Studios & Gallery, Dunedin, FL, November 2011
– PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, October 2011
   *Honorable Mention for ‘Bruce’s Onions’
– Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Art Trysts Exhibit, March – May 2011
– 2010 Florida Watercolor Society Juried Non-Signature Member Online Show
– 3rd Annual ISAP Online International Open Juried Exhibition, November ’10
   *Honorable Mention for ‘Blues’
– 5th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, December ’10
   *AOE Merchandise/Certificate Award for ‘Blues’
– Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ’10-10-10@10′ 40th Anniversary Art Show and Boutique
– 39th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Sept- Nov ’10
– 4th Annual ISAP-Florida Juried Exhibition, November ’09,
   *Erma J. Thomas Memorial Award for ‘Tempus Fugit’
– 2nd ISAP Open Online International Juried Show, November ’09
– Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL: PAVA Member’s Exhibit, June ’09
– Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ‘Another Day in Paradise’, Featured Artist, May ’09
– Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit, March – May ’09

Publications:
– “AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values”, North Light Books, “Storm Watch”, 2018
– The Artists Magazine – 33rd Annual Art Competition, Finalist, “Wingman II”, 2016
– “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks
“, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali), 2017
– “A Walk Into Abstracts 2” by Sue St. John, “Balance” and “Tempus Fugit”, 2014, Cover
– “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs”, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali)”, 2015

Gallery Representation:
-Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
-Soleil Galleria, Dunedin, FL (past)
-Thistle, Dunedin, FL (past)
-Blue Dahlia, Clearwater, FL (past)


Judging: 
-Tampa Regional Artists, “Fin, Fur & Feather”, June 2018
-Pasco Fine Art Council, Inc., “A Zooper Art Show”, 2017
-Largo Art Association Member’s Exhibit, October 2010

For more Information about Lorraine’s work, please visit her web site: http://www.lorraine-ulen.com or you may contact her directly: lorraine@lorraine-ulen.com       SaveSave SaveSave