Loretta Iris is a Canadian born artist, whose interest in art began at an early age and continues strong today. Loretta was born in a place where going out to play meant exploring in her backyard, which overlooked the Assiniboine River. Toys were creations in nature and she found her place there, feeling an affinity to the origins of the land. Throughout secondary school Loretta enjoyed her work shown at local school and city fairs. Loretta recalls watching her mother sketch basic figures for the dress patterns her mother would alter.A particular influence of instruction was Loretta’s high school art teacher, Diane Koch.
Today Loretta works mainly in sculpture, drawing, and painting. Her post-secondary training at the University of Saskatchewan fine-tuned her skills and broadened her experiences. Loretta acknowledges two mentors- Tim Nowlin and Joanne Lyons- who provided encouragement and room for Loretta’s expression to take root. Loretta’s work often addresses interpersonal relationships and social or cultural issues. She focuses her work through layering and through research, with a core elemental component of creating resolution. Whether there’s discord or happiness, confusion, or an environmental statement that isn’t being concretely addressed, Loretta attempts to create work that expresses the silent space in between things and people that is not necessarily visible.
Loretta consistently explores this “third conversation” that is happening to clarify spaces or create spaces. There are many layers in her work, informed from the various ideas of ethnicity, culture, etymology, history, and geography. As well as the layer effect, there must be space for reflection between the solid mass of an item and its negative space, which relates to the space in between people and objects that is being illuminated. Loretta’s sculptural works are primarily created from traditionally industrial materials and found objects – ranging from wood, steel, rubber, and concrete to the combination of paint and baking soda as an experimental pair. She enjoys a clean and finished line, even a chaotic one that amalgamates into a visual whole.
Acrylics, watercolors and pastels are favorite mediums of Loretta’s paintings and drawings. She enjoys the wonder and beauty of nature and often draws and paints en plein air or from favorite nature photographs taken from her walking or hiking trips. The experience of creating art for Loretta is a process of recreating the joy and curiosity of communion with nature that she had in her big backyard – a safe and sustaining place for inspiration and expression.
Coming soon: MORE photographs of Loretta’s Art for viewing/purchase
Series of Original Drawings
from the book Fruits of Faith
9” x 12”
watercolor, pastel, on paper
from the Series 9
(micro study of tree seeds)
12” x 12”
pastel on bent birch veneer
22” x 30”
watercolor, acrylic, tea on paper
“Domestic Trilogy” (study of influence on domesticity)
22” x 30” (each)
pencil, charcoal on paper
Series of Drawings in Progress
(study of paper and value)
Mural Life Drawing Study
(exploration of presence, transition, perspective and impermanence)
Life Drawing Study
(exploration of pattern within pattern)
Not For Sale-Collection of the Artist
Various Drawings for Submissions and Requests
Series of Original Drawings
2014 Ness Creek Music Festival Study and Selected Submissions
watercolor on paper
Study of Life Painting done with spatula
Conceptual study of alterations in meaning and subject matter integrated with glazing technique
Conceptual study of reworked process/reprocess and human connection. Consideration of hand and naturally made works.
Bas Relief Inspired by stained glass windows
Bas Relief exploring Mourning
Series study of biol/chemistry and physiology of human body
Series reflection and examination of mass media, controversy, disappointment and acceptance
Study of anthropogenic impact and impermanence
Series reflecting social and political impacts of instututional systems and structures
Exploration of layers/security/comfort/discomfort
Study of influence of games on human behaviour and distribution of power regarding gender
Study of traditional puppetry and performance, and means of parade as historical protest