Dorothy Lorenze

original oil paintings

I look for subjects in antique shops and farmer’s markets, searching for objects with an interesting form or capacity for reflection. I’m often attracted by the play of light 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.

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.

​Ordinary, familiar objects have a history that connects us to shared experiences. Their beauty is often in the quiet usefulness they have provided. Finding that beauty in the everyday world makes our lives a little richer.

selected juried

exhibitions | awards

Guild of Boston Artists New England Regional Juried Exhibit

​Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibit 

​Steamboat Art Museum - American Women Artists Exhibit

Newburyport Art Association Best in Show Award

John Peto Museum International Trompe L'Oeil Exhibit

American Women ArtistsSpring 2017 Online 4th place Award

Kent Art Association President's Award for Oils

Putnam Arts Council Fall 2017 Best in Show Award

Salmagundi Club of New York Second Place for Oils

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

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, 2014

Kent Art Association, Award of Excellence 2015, 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, 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

Artist to Watch Southwest Art, Oct 2017

Good Morning Wilton Channeling the Spirit of artist Weir

Wilton Villager

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 guest post for Lori McNee
Artpromotivate Featured Artist   

WNBC Weekend Today Show

studies | affiliations

Hudson Valley Artists Association
​Whistler House Museum of Art
Allied Artists of America, Elected Member

Newburyport Art Association
American Women Artists, Signature Member
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member

Salmagundi Club of New York
New York Academy of Art
Art Students League
Todd M. Casey
Leah Lopez
Karen O'Neil
Kent Art Association, elected member

Fashion Institute of Technology

Purchase College

about Me

Painting realistically, that's my thing. 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 - conveying  the "personality" of the subject.