Artwork by Lorraine Sack

Artist in Focus

The youngest of seven, I grew up on a working farm located on the prairie of southwest Minnesota. There was a rhythm to growing up there—an awareness of the shifting light, colors, and sounds associated with different times of the year.

As a child, my mother and I played a game that involved drawing imaginary places and scenes from irregular shapes. She also taught me to listen and identify birds by their songs and feather coloration. During migration, nesting or hatching times, birds marked the changing seasons. To me, birds were wonderous omens that later became prominent subjects of my work.

I don’t remember a time I wasn’t drawing, coloring, or looking at realistic book illustrations. Yet, I never thought about becoming an artist until I was in college and attended an art lecture that changed the course of my life.

During four years of studies and studio work with objects and the human form at Atelier Lack Fine Art, I fell in love with realism and with the smell of turpentine, Dammar varnish, and oil paints!

I currently live in Tucson with my husband, Bob, a desert tortoise, and two studio cats. Working by natural light in my studio, setting the stage for a new still life or figurative piece, sketching, creating props and backgrounds ignites my visual voice. I love the thrilling journey of painting from first brushstrokes to unexpected turns and closing touches.

I know a painting is finished when all the questions of space, light, and form have been answered when my whole body relaxes, and a certain peace comes over me while looking at the work.

Lorraine in Focus



Atelier Lack Fine Art School, Minneapolis, MN
Study of Anatomy, Minneapolis, MN
Study of Old Masters and Impressionist in Italy, France, and Germany



“Spring Online Juried Show” - American Women Artists (2018)
“the art of influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions” – Traveling Exhibition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL, Brideport Art Center, Chicago, IL, and other venues. (2019-2014)

“Under A Vast Sky” - Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson, AZ (2017)

“American Art Today: Figures”- The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC (2014)

“If Life Were Still” - Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL (2012)

“Lorraine Sack” - Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL (2011)

“73rd National Midyear Exhibition” - The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (2009)

“Circle of Women” – Eide/Darlrymple Gallery, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (2006)

“Four Women Show” - Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (2005)

“The Nude Annual Juried Exhibit” - Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (2004-2002)
“Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition” - Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN (2003-2001, 1999)

“65th Annual Mid-year Exhibition” - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, (2001)

“Stockton Art League Annual Juried Exhibition” - Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA (1997)

“Pastels in Light” - Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA (1996)
“California Art Club 86th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition” - Ayres Hall, Los Angeles, CA (1995)

“Five Women Artists of the Upper Midwest” - Civil Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD (1994)



Kim Agricola. “Women in Art.” Southwest Art Magazine, October 2018.

“Through Her Eyes.” American Art Collector, Issue 149, March 2018, p.180.

“Learning from Today’s Art Masters”, American Artist, June 1995.



Lisa Grevlos. Colors of Lorraine. A collaborative performance of “Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano: Cry of the Crimson Woman, Figure with Red Background, Figure with White Background.” poem by Ivan Fuller, Ph.D., musical settings by Deanna Wehrspann, figure paintings by Lorraine Sack - Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Nov. 2009)



Honorable Mention, 73rd National Midyear, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (2009)

Second Place, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY (2002, 2003)
Outstanding Oil, Hoosier Salon, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN (2001)
Award of Excellence, Stockton Art League, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA (1997)
Special Award & Award of Merit, The Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sacramento, CA (1996,1995)

Emerging Artist Achievement Award, American Artist Magazine (1995)


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