Dorothy Lorenze

original oil paintings


Craftsy Writer

I look for subjects in antique shops and farmer’s markets, searching for objects that have an interesting form or capacity for reflection. I’m often attracted by the distortion of light through a glass jar or an object reminiscent of a sensitive moment in time. It’s the challenge of communicating feelings intrinsic to familiar objects that inspires and intrigues me.

Ordinary, familiar objects have surprising moments of unexpected color and beautiful reflection to be discovered and appreciated. Finding that beauty in the everyday world makes our lives a little richer.


Drawing has always been an important discipline for me and I enjoy combining the subtlety and sensitivity of line with the richness and vibrancy of oil paint. Adding pure, fresh color and honoring the detail and delicacy of traditional realism, my paintings focus on the interplay of light, texture and form to describe favorite antiques and ordinary objects, with an occasional sprinkling of humor.

selected juried

exhibitions | awards


John Peto Museum International Trompe L'Oeil Exhibit

American Women Artists Spring 2016 Online Exhibit

American Women Artists Outstanding Still Life Award 2016

American Women Artists Online Spring 2015

Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried

Hammond Museum Appetite for Art

Merwynsville Hotel Annual Fine Art and Craft Exhibit

Putnam Arts Council's Annual Juried Exhibit

Colonel George J. Morales Memorial Award

    for oil still life from Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Hudson Valley Art Association

Muscoot Farm Gallery Solo Exhibition 2016

Muscoot Farm Gallery Solo Exhibition 2014

Kent Art Association, Award of Excellence 2015

Kent Art Association, Award of Excellence 2014

Katonah Museum of Art Small Works

Hopper House Museum Juried Exhibit

Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT

Arts Bash Invitational Exhibition, ArtsWestchester Local Color, Croton Council on the Arts

Ruth Keeler Library Solo Exhibition

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 36th Annual Juried Show

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Festive Home Invitational Exhibit

Katonah Junior Women's Beaux Arts, first place for graphite

Beaux Arts, second place for oil painting

Brookfield Arts & Crafts, Honors for trompe l'oeil

Ad Club of Westchester, Silver Award


press | articles


Empty Easel Featured Artist

The Somers Record - Creating Personal Connections

Craftsy - Reasons to Paint Still Life

Craftsy - Oil Palette Care

Craftsy - About Brushes

Craftsy - Water Soluble Oils

Craftsy - Start the Year Off Right

The Painter's Keys Art Quotes
Art Biz Coach Blog guest post
Somers Daily Voice
Artsy Shark
Daily Voice North Salem
Yorktown-Somers Patch
Fine Art Tips from Lori McNee
Artpromotivate Featured Artist   

WNBC Weekend Today Show

studies | affiliations

Salmagundi Club
Allied Artists of America

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
American Women Artists, Associate of Distinction
Oil Painter of America, Associate Member
New York Academy of Art
Art Students League
Todd Casey
Leah Lopez
Karen O'Neil
Edward Hopper House Museum
Kent Art Association, elected member
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Fashion Institute of Technology

Purchase College


about

Here's my focus - painting stuff to look like stuff,  with the aim to capture the essence of what makes a subject interesting.


So, working in the classical style of traditional oils, my paintings are contemporary realism - rendering the details of translucency, reflection and texture - to feature  the "personality" of the subject.