Lorraine’s paintings are detailed “narratives of life.” Born with a severe hearing loss, she quickly developed a visual connection to her world, fostering her creativity and a growing inner life. She draws from ASL (American Sign Language), “Deaf talk,” Armenian language and icons, Christian and Catholic symbolism and pop culture to tell both a personal and universal story in her work.
Raised in Fresno CA, the ancestral home of Armenians, she first studied Art as an undergraduate at Calif. State University, Fresno with artists in residence, Terry Allen and Judy Chicago. Curious about her deafness, she put aside her art to explore this neglected part of herself. This led graduate work in counseling and a license as a Marriage Family Therapist. During her 25 years of work as a counselor, lecturer and art teacher of the deaf her art transformed into a narrative format. She considers Kerry James Marshall an influence in her style of narrative painting as well as Stewart Cubley of the Painting Experience for the deep work of process painting.
Lorraine continues a full time studio practice, is involved in running Gallery 25, a co-op of artists, and is active in the revitalization of the art district in downtown Fresno.