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Lorrie Fink

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The Long Way Home 150, 2015 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2015 Lorrie Fink
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Persuasion, Corn Lily 146, 2015 Oil on Panel 24 X 24 Inches © ©2015 Lorrie Fink
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Portal 153, 2016 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2106 Lorrie Fink
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First Narrow Gate, Corn Lily 162, 2016 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Resurgence, Corn Lily151, 2015 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Flights of Fancy, Corn Lily 142-143, 2015 Oil on Panel 40 X 37, Diptych; 2 Panels 40x18 Ea © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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On the Verge, Corn Lily 171, 2016 Oil on Panel 12 X 12 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Risky Business, Corn Lily 149, 2015 Oil on Panel 24 X 24 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Backbeat, Corn Lily 108, 2016 Oil on Panel 24 X 24 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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It Goes Without Saying, Corn Lily 147, 2015 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Out of Our Depths, Corn Lily 154, 2016 Oil on Panel 36 X 36 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Rush Hour, Corn Lily 166, 2016 Oil on Panel 12 X 12 Inches © ©2016 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland/Yellow 2, 2011 Oil on Panel 15 X 15 Inches © ©2011 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland, Blue 1, 2011 Oil on Panel 24 X 20 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland, Yellow 3, 2011 Oil on Panel 36 X 18 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland, Blue 1, 2011 Oil on Panel 24 X 20 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Dandelion and Oleaner/Back Alley Oakland/Blue, 2011 Oil on Panel 16 X 16 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland, Pale Green 1, 2011 Oil on Panel 24 X 20 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Thistle, Back Alley Oakland, Yellow 1, 2011 Oil on Panel 16 X 16 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Common Reed and Bittersweet, Coast Guard Beach/Yellow 1, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 X 20 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Reed and Oriental Bittersweet/Coast Guard Beach/Yellow, 2011 Oil on Panel 24 X 24 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Shelter, 2010 Oil on Canvas 24 X 18 Inches © 2010 Lorrie Fink
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Oriental Bittersweet, Coast Guard Beach/Gold 1, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 X 30 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Reed and Bittersweet/Coast Guard Beach/Mustard, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 X 20 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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More Than This, 2009 Oil on Canvas 44 X 36 Inches © Lorrie Fink
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Reeds and Bittersweet Stems, Coast Guard Beach/Gold 2, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24 X 30 Inches © 2011 Lorrie Fink
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Maverick Melody, 2009 Oll/wax on Panel 12 X 12 Inches © Lorrie Fink
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In the Nick of Time, 2009 Oil on Panel 12 X 12 Inches © Lorrie Fink
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Razzle Dazzle, 2008 Oil on Canvas 44 X 36 in © Lorrie Fink
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Right as Rain, 2009 Oil/alkyd/wax on Panel 12 X 12 Inches
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Better Yet Sete, 2009 Oil on Panel 15 X 15 © Lorrie Fink
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Periphery, 2008 Oil on Canvas 44 X 36 in © Lorrie Fink
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Out of the Blue, 2009 Oil/alky/wax on Panel 15 © Lorrie Fink
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Sanctuary, 2009 Oil/alkyd/wax on Canvas Over Panel 12 X 12 Inches
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Thrill Seeker Oil on Paper, Matted and Framed 9.5" X 7.5" (sold) © Lorrie Fink
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Forgiven, 2009 Oil on Panel 12 X 12 Inches
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Olfactory Groove, 2008 Oil on Canvas 44 X 36 in © Lorrie Fink
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As Luck Would Have It, 2008 Oil on Canvas 44 X 36 in © Lorrie Fink
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The Promise, 2009 Oil on Panel 12 X 12 Inch © Lorrie Fink
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Washington, DC
Lives in
Oakland, CA
Works in
Oakland, CA
Tags
nature coastal ephemera France Mediterranean tidepools color organic abstract landscape painting, abstract
Statement

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.

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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.