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Lorraine Simonds

Brushing Boundaries

About me.

Lorraine Simonds

My name is Lorraine and I create watercolour paintings that journal and process the personal thoughts, emotions and memories that ruminate in my mind and heart.

Iā€™m a Jesus believing, scotch sipping, Brazilian jiu jitsu fighting, plant watering, Rottweiler walking, bass playing, scuba diving, shouty, deep thinking, stubborn, only child, a loyal sister to many, and a wife of one. But at the end of the day, Iā€™m an imperfect person striving to walk in perfect love with any and all.

raw meets refined

artist statement

My art is a dialogue between contrasts ā€“ light and dark, clarity and obscurity, emotional tension and relief. Rooted in my Chinese heritage and Western upbringing, each portrait delves beyond mere likeness to capture the essence of mood and feeling. My creative process is deeply human-centric, drawing from personal interactions and shared experiences. Through my brush, I explore and visualize the often-avoided emotions of our culture, seeking to process and overcome them. My work, characterized by its atmospheric looseness and vibrant, impetuous brushwork, invites viewers to find empathy, commonality, and ultimately healing. With a background in biblical counseling and fine art, and enriched by diverse global experiences, I aspire to facilitate healing and introspection, offering a pause in the hustle of life to connect with the 'other.' I paint for the contemplative soul, the one who embraces deep conversations and confronts uncomfortable feelings, believing that in these honest spaces, we find our most profound connections.

Artist Biography

Lorraine's passion for the visual arts began in her early childhood in Plymouth, England, where she was self-taught and read many books on drawing. Her father's outings to the English Moorlands were a source of inspiration, and she spent hours capturing the landscape. As a teenager, Lorraine honed her skills in portraiture using acrylic and oil mediums. Later, at Plymouth College of Art & Design, she formalized her ideas on contrast, focus, and composition in film photography.

While pursuing her BA in Fine Art at the University of Leeds, Lorraine explored micro sculptures, photography, animation, and performance art, and built a strong foundation in the history of art and philosophy. After graduation, Lorraine lived in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Squamish, Canada, in 2009. Here, her passion for the visual arts developed vocationally through her work in branding, photography, graphic and interior design as a hospitality professional, as well as through extensive volunteer work.

Although Lorraine had set aside her brush for some time, the pandemic prompted her to return to her artistic roots. Her post-pandemic work reflects her adult education, informal practice in counselling, and extensive travels to over 20 countries from 2017 to 2019, which have deepened her understanding of the human condition and the complexities that unite us all.

Through her work, Lorraine seeks to capture the essence of our shared humanity and to communicate the beauty and struggles that unite us all. Her diverse background and experiences inform her art, which continues to evolve and inspire. She remains inspired by artists including Yuko Nagayama, Jean Haines, and Angela Fehr for their expressive brushwork, atmospheric appeal and her attraction to the raw and 'unfinished' parts of their work. She currently resides under the mentorship of Thomas W Schaller and is a member of a number of artist cohorts.

Lorraine is an International Brand Ambassador of Rockwell Art Canada, a member of the Squamish Art Council, Whistler Arts Council and the Canadian branch of the International Watercolor Society, as well as an associate member of the Canadian Society for Painters in Watercolor and Women in Watercolour. She is serving as a Juror in the 5th Annual Women in Watercolor International Juried Competition. Her work is housed in Private Collections in North America and Southeast Asia, and has taught watercolour lessons through several programs online.

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Brushing Boundaries

"A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires." - Hedy Lamarr

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