I draw and paint from nature, using the attitude and expressiveness of botanical forms to examine human perceptions. I paint with oils, working in my Oakland studio to interpret images I've collected from the natural world, in locations as diverse as France, Cape Cod, the Sierra Nevada region, and my own backyard.
In my current series, Wild Things, I have depicted the indigenous and invasive plants I've encountered in wilderness areas, in vacant lots, and on the edges of cultivated gardens. Through color and gesture, I convey the exuberance and resilience of things that grow wildly without invitation or cultivation. Part of my task is to express the beauty I find in the uncultivated landscape, while rendering these plants as portraits, distinct and individual.
In painting both native and exotic species, I also ask: Where is a plant considered a weed? When is it welcomed in the wilderness but unwelcome in a cultivated environment? These plants embody parallels between cultural diversity and biodiversity, provoking questions about desirability, exclusivity, and valuation.
Working with oils, Lorrie Fink interprets images of plant life she has observed in the natural world. In this series she depicts native and exotic plants she has encountered in wilderness areas, in vacant lots, and on the edges of cultivated gardens.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Ms. Fink received a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, and an Ed.M. degree in Media and Technology, from Boston University. While working at the Oakland Museum in the late 1970s, she was first introduced to the Society of Six California Colorists, whose work influenced her desire to explore color and light through painting. She was a founding partner of Seventeenth Street Studios, an Oakland-based graphic design studio.
After painting on nights and weekends for many years, in 2009 she built a studio in her back yard, where she could devote herself to her studio work. She has been exhibiting her paintings in group shows around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003. Her first solo exhibition Above and Below the Surface: An Atlas was at the EBMUD Gallery in downtown Oakland, CA in 2008. Wild Things at the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery is her third solo exhibition.