Artist Statement:
“I am fascinated with color and all of its nuances – how it appears to change in different light and how it’s affected by the colors and values around it. 

For me, everything about color is seductive and  lures me again and again to the easel where my world becomes a dance of color, light, texture, form and the ever-shifting balance between them. My art explores that dance, that balance, and expresses the visceral connection I feel with everything I am drawn to paint. It celebrates the singular thing I have found in each subject that compelled me to capture it, and invites the viewer to cut in on the dance…”

Bio:
A native of Connecticut, artist Lorraine Ulen moved to Clearwater, FL in 1994. Although she began her art career at a very young age, she has spent the past two decades focused on honing her artistic skills and increasing her knowledge of color. 

Ulen often works in series, creating several related pieces that follow a particular idea or genre. Her love of wildlife and nature is frequently represented in her work, but she also enjoys showcasing the beauty in ordinary objects. “Beauty is everywhere, but in our busy lives, it is often overlooked. I hope my art will remind people to slow down to appreciate and reconnect with the special things surrounding them.”

In 2011, Ulen opened Art Trysts Studio, a working art studio in Clearwater, with three other artists. She teaches weekly classes and occasional workshops there and displays a selection of her artwork on a rotating basis. 

Ulen is an active member of the art community. She holds several signature memberships and has held Board positions in various local artist  organizations. She is a past president of well known PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists) and spent several years on the committee and as Chair of the two large art shows the group produces yearly, the Cool Art Show and 2Cool Art Show. 

Ulen has received a number of awards for her work including a First Place award from the International Society of Acrylic Artists – Florida chapter (now Acrylic Painters USA) and a Merit Award for Wall Art in the Boutique at the highly regarded 42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El, an invitational show. She was selected as a finalist from over 5900 entries in the 2016 Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition. Her works have been included in the publications “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs”, “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks”, and “Acrylic-Works 5: Bold Values”, all by Jamie Markel and published by North Light Books, 

Ulen displays her work at exhibits and shows in the Tampa Bay area, and her art is found in private collections throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. Studio visits are arranged by appointment. You may also stop in during any of her class times or attend one of the studio’s First Friday Open Studio events. Dates and times for classes, shows and events can be found on her website calendar. 

Feel free to contact her for studio visits, purchase inquiries, class information, commission inquiries, gallery representation, or judging requests.

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Memberships: 
-Art Trysts – Founding member
-PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists)- Past President
-American Women Artists – Associate with Distinction
-Acrylic Painters USA – Signature Member
-ISAP – Signature Member
-Florida Watercolor Society
-Dunedin Fine Art Center
-Miniature Art Society of Florida

Recent Exhibits and Awards: 
-Westfield Citrus Park Mall, Curated Group Exhibit, February – April 2018
– Dunedin Fine Art Center, “Big Eyes” Juried Exhibit, January 2018
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Pinewood Gallery, Creative Pinellas Incubator, Largo, FL December 2017
*Honorable Mention for “Storm Watch”
-Clearwater Municipal Services Building Gallery, Student/Teacher Exhibit, May 2017
-American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Show, April 2017
-2016 Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, Finalist “Wingman II”
-“Feathers & Fur” Solo Exhibit, Aging Well Center Gallery, The Long Center, Clearwater, FL 2016
-41st Annual International Miniature Art Show, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2016
-“The Birds of Paradise” Solo Exhibit, Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Honeymoon Island State Park, 2015
-42nd Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2015
*Merit Award, Wall Art, Boutique
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Osceola Gallery, Clearwater Library, Clearwater, FL 2014
*Honorable Mention for “Waiting Game”
– 41st Annual Art Festival Beth-El, (Invitational) Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2014
– 39th Annual International Miniature Art Show Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL, 2014
– 8th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 2013
     *ISAP-FL (First Place) Award
-Pinellas Park Art Society Florida and Mayor’s Choice Exhibit, 2013
    *First Place and People’s Choice
-7th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’12
     *Anti-Pesto and Bright Award for ‘Detonate’
-‘Lorrealism: Every Picture Tells a Story’ Allegorical works by Lorraine Ulen, Solo Exhibit, Blue Dahlia Marketplace Gallery, Clearwater, FL 2012
-6th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, November ’11
-‘Abstract & Allegory: Works by Donna Frost and Lorraine Ulen’, Stirling Art Studios & Gallery, Dunedin, FL, November 2011
-PAVA Annual Members’ Exhibit, Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, October 2011
     *Honorable Mention for ‘Bruce’s Onions’
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Art Trysts Exhibit, March – May 2011
-2010 Florida Watercolor Society Juried Non-Signature Member Online Show
-3rd Annual ISAP Online International Open Juried Exhibition, November ’10
     *Honorable Mention for ‘Blues’
-5th Annual ISAP-FL Juried Exhibition, December ’10
     *AOE Merchandise/Certificate Award for ‘Blues’
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ’10-10-10@10′ 40th Anniversary Art Show and Boutique
-39th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Sept- Nov ’10
-4th Annual ISAP-Florida Juried Exhibition, November ’09,
     *Erma J. Thomas Memorial Award for ‘Tempus Fugit’
-2nd ISAP Open Online International Juried Show, November ’09
-Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL: PAVA Member’s Exhibit, June ’09
-Studio 1212 Art Gallery, ‘Another Day in Paradise’, Featured Artist, May ’09
-Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL: Studio 1212 Exhibit, March – May ’09 

Publications:
– “AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values”, North Light Books, “Storm Watch”, 2018
– The Artists Magazine – 33rd Annual Art Competition, Finalist, “Wingman II”, 2016
– “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks“, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali), 2017
– “A Walk Into Abstracts 2” by Sue St. John, “Balance” and “Tempus Fugit”, 2014, Cover
– “AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs”, North Light Books, “Interlude (Bengali)”, 2015-

Gallery Representation:
-Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
-Thistle, Dunedin, FL
-(past) Soleil Galleria, Dunedin, FL

Judging: 
-Pasco Fine Arts Council, ‘Zooper Art Show’, October 2017
-Largo Art Association Member’s Exhibit, October 2010

Collectors:

Nicole Valdes Orlando, FL “Santa Baby”
Dr. Sarah Scheidel Enfield, CT “Sailin’ Shoes”
Jacqueline Weinreich Belleair Bluffs, FL “All Star II”
Mary E. Piretti Canton, CT “Mothers and Daughters”
The Newmans Belleair, FL “Luca”
Ruth Tomlinson Stone Clearwater Beach, FL “Cousins”
Private Collector St. Petersburg, FL “All Star I”
Dr. Edgar Miranda & Deirdre Rivera Safety Harbor, FL “Crescendo”
Bob Nelson Florida “Guilty!”
Suzanne Johnson Palm Harbor, FL “Barack”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Peel Me A Grape”
James Smith Chippewa Falls, WI “Bladerunner”
Mary E. Piretti Canton, CT “Turn, Tern, Tern”
David Truong Florida “Put It On My Bill”
Tamera Jones Davis Farmersville, TX “True Love”
Barrie Graves St. Petersburg, FL “Legs Up To There”
Linda Marcelli Florida “Pole Dancer”
Karen Bogatin Tarpon Springs, FL “Wingman”
Tamera Jones Davis Farmersville, TX “Daisy”
The Newmans Belleair Bluffs, FL “Nan & Kim”
The Newmans Belleair Bluffs, FL “Lucas”
Karen Bogatin Tarpon Springs, FL “We, The People”
Gregory Sembler Florida “Look At Me Lookin’ At You”
Merle Kew Florida “Bad Hair Day”
Craig Sher Florida “Chilling II”
Gregory Sembler Florida “Hunker Down II”
Barrie Graves Florida “You’re Next! II”
The Newmans Belleair, FL “You’re Next!”
Ruth Tomlinson Stone Clearwater Beach, FL “Mimi’s Pride”
Bert Haedden & Cindy Thomas Dallas, TX “Berto & Cinzia”
Steve Rauchut Long Island, NY “Florida Snowman”
Angie Schartz St. Petersburg, FL “Me and My Shadow VI”
David Gwyn Safety Harbor, FL “Criminal Intent”
Private Collector Florida “One Good Tern”
Private Collector Montana “Prowler”
Edward Burka St. Petersburg, FL “Let’s Do Lunch”
Cheryl Henry Corpus Christi, TX “Hunker Down”
Lee Canalizo Palm Harbor, FL “Nevermore I”
Meghan Piretti Winsted, CT “Meghan & Haley”
Peter Scheidel Sandy Creek, NY “The Fool and the Hero’s Journey”
Mr./Mrs. James Fessenbecker Lewes, DE “Me and My Shadow V”
The Newmans Belleair, FL “Oh, That Glow! II”
James Brown St. Petersburg, FL “Waterfront Property”
Bob & Ducksie Stoddard Nova Scotia “Oh, That Glow!”
Private Collector Florida “Aloft”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Standing Room Only”
Lois Dixon Palm Harbor, FL “Key West”
Mr/Mrs Keith Robillard St. Petersburg, FL “Le Reve”
Sharon Daubenberger Neptune Beach, FL “Me and My Shadow IV”
Private Collector Clearwater, FL “Kachina Dreams”
Private Collector Colorado “Balance”
Private Collector Colorado “Blues”
Private Collector Florida “La Fleur”
Carol Grandinetti Tampa, FL “42”
Peter Lowes and Bonnie Fahoome Clearwater, FL “40”
Elizabeth Parker-Avise Sun City Center, FL “Evan”
Private Collector St. Petersburg, FL “Palm Dance”
Private Collector Safety Harbor, FL “Shadow Dancer”
Kathy Pedreira Clearwater, FL “Art Show”
Private Collector Clearwater, FL “Wine & Blues”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Tickled Pink”
Hannah Arnold Coatsville, PA “Hannah”
Mr./Mrs. Michael Scheidel Enfield, CT “Baring My Sole”
Mr/Mrs Michael Roy Winchester, CT “Centered”
Mr./Mrs. Michael Scheidel Enfield, CT “By All Appearances”
Robert Howard Safety Harbor, FL “Safety Harbor Sunrise”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Pink Flare”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Lil’ Kook”
Private Collector Safety Harbor, FL “Face Off”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “Frankly Scarlet”
The Newmans Belleair, FL “Red Rose III”
The Newmans Belleair, FL “Red Rose II”
Michele Marziano Tampa, FL “Sunny Side Up”
Private Collector Palm Harbor, FL “Free Bird”
Dottie Clagett Choate Palm Harbor, FL “Me and My Shadow II”
Private Collector Florida “Me and My Shadow I”
Candy Elleman Orlando, FL “Karen”
Private Collector Florida ‘How Do I Look?”
Private Collector Dunedin, FL “The Girls”
Private Collector Florida “Bobbin’ About”
Private Collector Florida Ruffian”
Jim Barge Texas “Bask”
Private Collector Florida “November Rose”
Kirsten Lingenheld Burlington, CT “Nick’s Truck”
Mr/Mrs Paul Scheidel Torrington, CT “Georgie”
Robin Lund Bristol, CT “Audrey”
Mr. Burt Teague Granby, CT “Teague’s”
Mr./Mrs. Harold Scheidel Anthony, FL’ “Bouquet Toss”