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Loretta was a self-taught artist since childhood.  Coming from a fairly large family, she used to find peace in the solitude of a corner of the house with her pencil and paper, making coloring books for her sisters or drawing from real life or her imagination.  In 2nd grade, she drew a charcoal portrait of a classmate whose startling likeness surprised even herself.  Her grandfather encouraged her passion by supplying her with art materials from pastel crayons to oil paints, canvas & easel.  He also fostered her musical education, sending her to guitar school throughout her teenage years.  However, he insisted she spend her formal education in the business fields because "artists can't make a decent living."  She continued to paint portraits for her own enjoyment and gave oil paintings away as gifts until realizing it was time to honor her creative gift and devote much more time to its development and the prospect of an income from it.

Hence, it wasn't until her own daughter was an adult that she took her first art class, choosing the private school across the street from where she lived, Mission Renaissance.  She spent three years in their program, then discovered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and studied painting and advanced portraiture with their instructors for two years, culminating with one class in France .  She has also studied under the tutelage of two world renowned artists, Rino Gonzalez and James Zar, through Parkhurst Galleries, San Pedro CA.  And though she is now a professional artist, her love of learning and the joy of constant improvement compels her toward self-education permanently.
 

 

The below collection is only a sample of the Artist's complete offering.

 

Billie Holiday 24x36

Giclee on Canvas

 

Dexter Gordon 24x36

Giclee on Canvas

 

Ella Fitzgerald 24x30

Giclee on Canvas

 

George Harrison 16x20

Giclee on Canvas

 

Herbie Hancock 30x36

Giclee on Canvas

 

Michael Jackson 24x30

Giclee on Canvas

Einstein 16x20

Giclee on Canvas

 

Entwined 18x27

Giclee on Canvas

 

Girl A Fountain Of Youth 18x24

Giclee on Canvas

 

Tango Feet 18x27

Giclee on Canvas

 

Miles Davis 24x30

Giclee on Canvas

 

Sir Duke 24x30

Giclee on Canvas

 

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