Lori Rita, powerful self portraits
I am a contemporary figurative painter. My work is a journey to record a moment caught in time. I begin with an idea and let the painting evolve, having no deadline. My inspiration is from real life and the people I meet. I work from photographs I have taken, not interested in creating a photo-likeness but rather choosing to push myself to create art that goes beyond the apparent image. I work in oil, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.
My artwork is a product of my life experiences. Painting is a constant learning process and always a challenge. Some of my influences include Gauguin, Rothko, Munch, Uglow, Degas, Diebenkorn, Avery, Morandi and the artists of the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
My paintings are filled with symbolism, with a language that I hope will inspire the viewer.