“When you look at a painting by Lorraine LaVista these days, it is most often of a boat, a very big boat; an up close and in your face boat that seems larger than life. 'This is how I see it in my mind's eye.' she says with clarity.”
Born and raised in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., a graduate of the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. in art education, Lorraine knew from childhood that she would be a painter. With a life long desire to live near the shore, she has called Montauk home for the past 24 years. Her many landscapes and seascapes, which capture images of Eastern Long Island up to the coastlines of Maine, reflect a love affair with New England, especially its boats.
“Her style has shifted recently, her subjects have not.”
Lorraine’s technique has evolved from a unique form of pointillism to loose, free-flowing strokes. Regardless of method, she aims to create images that vary in tone from gentle and muted, to strong, powerful and free; all of which are aided by the manipulation of light and color.
“Lorraine's images remain long-lasting reminders of Eastern Long Island's valuable cultural history.”
“Undoubtedly, it is her unique style of painting that has designated her as a leader amongst artists.”
Lorraine’s work has been shown for many years in prestigious galleries, and is represented in major collections in the U.S. and around the world.