I paint with oils, depicting natived and invasive plants I've encoiuntered in wilderness areas, in vacant lots, and on the eges of my own back yard. Through color an gesture, I convey the exuberance of things that grow wildly without invitation or cultivation. Located in the midst of my garden, my studio offers a front row seat to cycles of growth and decline.
With my most recent work, the Out Loud series, I paint abstracted interpretations of botanical forms to explore pattern and color. I work from digital sketches to create pattern and tonal variation. These paintings suggest aerial views, geographic patterns, biomorphic forms, and movement.
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 was her third solo exhibition.
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