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Meet Lorraine Kushynski’s Artwork in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lorraine Kushynski.

Lorraine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be a mixed media artist. In the 80’s I took a creative writing class and found with every essay I added photos and memorabilia. Soon the scrapbooking industry exploded and I decided to open a home-based business making scrapbooks for clients and helping them be the keepers of their history. This led me to discovering book making, collage and art journaling. About 10 years ago I tried an abstract acrylic painting class and immediately felt the ability to express my mood/feelings through painting. Since then I have continued to explore my passion in art and abstract painting.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

My first submission of my art in an exhibition lead to my first sale, which was the amazing. The sale was to the curator of the show which gave me the boost of confidence to submit to many shows. An art collector in Palos Verdes purchased several of my pieces and I thought… “this is a piece of cake” soon, reality set in and I realized it is a difficult task having to market yourself and sell your work. So, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

We’d love to hear more about your business. My plan has been to create a diverse inventory of Art that could appeal to many and where my art would be displayed in many different setting. For example, home and commercial staging companies and the entertainment industry.

What were you like growing up?
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. My mother’s family lived in the Congo so most holidays were spent there. Holidays by the beach meant trips to Mozambique, where I first noticed the use of intense color! It fascinated me how one building would be bubble gum pink and the next would be a bright teal. I moved to Cape Town South Africa for high school and resided there until 1984. Los Angeles has been my home since then. My personality and love of art is reflected in my paintings and intense color in paintings is always my first intention.

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