Lorraine is certainly a busy artist these days, writing and illustrating children’s books, being showcased in New York City, traveling to Florence, Italy, to pick up the Botticelli Prize in a Palace. How did this all come about? Oh, she is also the Original Creative Artist of the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital Float along with Children’s Miracle Network in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena, CA, which is entitled "Wild and Wonderful."

If you have seen her Children’s Section on her webpage, you might have an idea. We think she still remembers how it is to be a child. Her Mayor Molly McMole Series is on Kindle/Amazon and so is her travel game for all ages, WannaBtruckers (ages 3 to 85+).

Her art is whimsical and her creative mind helps her get to the heart of things. But it is a lot of work. She doesn’t mind because she has a lot of energy that brings whimsey to her paintings and her books.

However, fame or fortune doesn’t come along without a lot of work and she has paid the piper and then some.

She only expresses what she knows--music, she played the accordion, clarinet, and is a cocktail pianist and gets pleasure in putting the intricacies of jazz on a two-dimensional watercolor paper or canvas.

She has traveled all over the world, but some of her favorite places are Hawaii, California, Italy, Nevada, New Mexico, and West Virginia. Her paintings reflect her love of mountains, and things that are just ordinary, but somehow they come out looking interesting, at times even extraordinary.

Welcome to Lorraine’s world; have a glass of wine, and enjoy her work.

WRNW interview with KC Armstrong, Click Here to Download

2016 Rose Parade Float Original Concept Art by Lorraine Strieby
The red sandstone Santa Susana Mountains near my home and the Southwest spirit of New Mexico and Arizona inspire me. I express whimsy by giving homage to things that are ordinary. Therefore, you might find a Southwest spirit, snake, cactus or pottery in my paintings.

I am fascinated by shapes and patterns and depict this in my cityscapes. The challenge of capturing jazz on paper – with all its intricate moods, feelings and rhythms also inspire me.

I am passionate for simmering colors and glittering metals and create my art using various media, especially collage, gold leaf, and materials of the day such as buttons, sequins, and shells.

1958 West Virginia University
1974 California State University, BS in Business Education
1975 California State University, California Teaching Credential

Lorraine is mainly a self-taught artists and has taken many workshops and has studied extensively with Los Angeles based artists Jim Gaines and Ron Pekar.

Wing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SoHo Gallery, Savannah, GA

Museums and Collections:
Exhibiting artist, Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CA 2004 – Present
Worldwide competition, award winner, Cornell Museum, Delray, FL, 2003
Many Private Collections (sold by galleries to unidentified collectors)

Benedum Gallery, Solo Invitational Show, Monongalia Arts Center,
Morgantown, WV, October 2011
Center of Spiritual Living, Solo Show, Granada Hills, CA, Ongoing
VOCA Gallery, Venice Beach, CA 2010
Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA 2010
Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2010
Los Angeles Artcore Brewery Annex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2008
Finegood Art Gallery, jurried show, Award, Women Painters West 2008
Viva Gallery, Los Angeles, Collage Artists of America, Award, 2008
Creator and illustrator, Wanna B Truckers Travel Game, 2007
Worldwide competition, Art Center, San Luis Obispo, May to June, 2007