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Lorna Ritz
Amherst, MA

About the Artist

Lorna received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Under the instruction of painter "James Gahagan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gahagan, a very important influence, the course of her painting life was changed into pure abstraction.

She later earned an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, both in painting and sculpture, (working the 2-D concepts into 6’ welded steel, and casting in bronze) and has since taught at the R.I. School of Design, Brown University, University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College.

Lorna was “Guest Artist Critic” since 1996-present at the Vermont Studio Ce…

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About the Artist

Lorna received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Under the instruction of painter "James Gahagan":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gahagan, a very important influence, the course of her painting life was changed into pure abstraction.

She later earned an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, both in painting and sculpture, (working the 2-D concepts into 6’ welded steel, and casting in bronze) and has since taught at the R.I. School of Design, Brown University, University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College.

Lorna was “Guest Artist Critic” since 1996-present at the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches painting, drawing and art history at Western New England University, (since 2004), and taught a "Drawing Marathon" at the New York Studio School September 2012. Lorna has lectured at the Instituto de Belles Artes, (Medellin, Colombia); American University, (D.C. and in Italy); Humboldt State University, (CA); The New York Studio School several times, and at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, (France). She has received a residency at the Cape Dune Shacks, Provincetown, MA., May 2013.

Artist’s Work

For mom who made all things grow
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For Mom, Who Made All Things Grow

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees
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"Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees"

By Lorna Ritz

Painting to birdsongs and wind
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"Painting to Birdsongs and Wind"

By Lorna Ritz

Newcomb beach truro
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"Newcomb Beach, " Truro

By Lorna Ritz

abstract expressionist paintings
Chromatic runs
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Chromatic Runs

By Lorna Ritz

Roses and peonies
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Roses and Peonies

By Lorna Ritz

Frozen earth blue sky
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"Frozen Earth, Blue Sky"

By Lorna Ritz

Moonlight
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Moonlight

By Lorna Ritz

Darkness falling
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Darkness Falling

By Lorna Ritz

Rose garden
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Rose Garden

By Lorna Ritz

Poem in cobalt blue
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Poem in Cobalt Blue

By Lorna Ritz

Drowning in june light
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Drowning in June Light

By Lorna Ritz

Falling into the night sky 2
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Falling into the Night Sky

By Lorna Ritz

Heart made of stars and oceans
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Heart Made of Stars and Oceans

By Lorna Ritz

Your words in my heart
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Your Words in My Heart

By Lorna Ritz

Take root and grow
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Take Root and Grow

By Lorna Ritz

The religion of a landscape
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The Religion of a Landscape

By Lorna Ritz

Flowers and weeds
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Flowers and Weeds

By Lorna Ritz

After the storm 6
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After the Storm

By Lorna Ritz

Peonies 6
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Peonies

By Lorna Ritz

Falling into the night sky
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Falling into the Night Sky

By Lorna Ritz

Blue night dropped on the world
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Blue Night Dropped on the World

By Lorna Ritz

Tree that turned into a bird
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Tree That Turned into a Bird

By Lorna Ritz

September sunset
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"September Sunset"

By Lorna Ritz

August harvest
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August Harvest

By Lorna Ritz

For mom who loved to see things grow
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"For Mom, Who Loved to See Things Grow"

By Lorna Ritz

Profusion of peonies
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Profusion of Peonies

By Lorna Ritz

Just after sunset
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Just After Sunset

By Lorna Ritz

Sky fastened on the river
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Sky Fastened on the River

By Lorna Ritz

Seeing music
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"Seeing Music"

By Lorna Ritz

Departing summer
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"Departing Summer"

By Lorna Ritz

The play in the vastness
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"The Play in the Vastness"

By Lorna Ritz

The moon placed in my hands
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"The Moon Placed in My Hands"

By Lorna Ritz

July heat
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July Heat

By Lorna Ritz

Winter moonless night sky
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“Winter Moonless Night Sky”

By Lorna Ritz

Above the blue sky the moon
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Above the Blue Sky, the Moon

By Lorna Ritz

ocean drawings
Ocean waves
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"Ocean Waves"

By Lorna Ritz

Longnook beach truro ma
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"Longnook Beach," Truro, MA

By Lorna Ritz

mountain drawings
Mt norwottuck and apple trees i
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees I

By Lorna Ritz

Last green of summer 3
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees vii
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees VII

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees iii 3
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees III

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees iv 2
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees IV

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees v
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees V

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees vi 3
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees VI

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees ii
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees II

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees viii 2
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees VIII

By Lorna Ritz

Mt norwottuck and apple trees xi
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Mt. Norwottuck and Apple Trees XI

By Lorna Ritz

autumn tree drawings
Autumn trees 7
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"Autumn Trees"

By Lorna Ritz

Autun trees
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"Autumn Trees"

By Lorna Ritz

Selected Exhibitions

  • Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, UMASS
    Amherst, MA, 2012
  • Edward Hopper Art Museum
    Nyack, NY, 2012
  • The Painting Center
    New York, NY, 2011
  • Danforth Museum of Art
    Framingham, MA, 2010
  • American Ambassador's Residence
    Caracas, VENEZUELA, 2010

Press and Accolades

  • The Haven Foundation, Maine
    2008 and 2011
  • Artist's Fellowship, New York City
    2008 and 2011
  • Arts International Residency, South Africa
    2007

Education

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A. Painting and Sculpture
    Bloomfield Hills, MI,1971 
  • Pratt Institute, B.F.A. in Painting and Sculpture
    Brooklyn, NY,1969 
  • Skowhegan SChool of Painting and Sculpture, summer program
    Skowhegan, Maine,1968