Lorraine Lewitzka was born in South Australia, into a family of artists and worked as a fashion and illustrative artist in the late '60's, beginning watercolour painting in 1985. In 1988, Lorraine was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and began exhibiting in private and mixed exhibitions.
A significant highlight and turning point of Lorraine's career was the inaugural study award at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show. As a result, she was tutored by four distinguished watercolourists in the U.S.A. being Robert Wade, Betty Lou Schlemm, Christopher Schink and Alex Powers, after which she attended a summer school at the Slade School of Art, London, discovering the new medium of oils in life painting.
Adding to her traditional drawing and watercolour skills, was valuable time spent with Leonid Vasin, Professor of Fine Art from China. Over the years, Lorraine has always endeavoured to produce works of substance, giving the viewer opportunity to grow with and into the painting. At present she concentrates on figurative landscapes, portraiture and interiors in watercolour and mixed media with her intimate oil interiors finding much popularity also. With good, underlying draughtmanship Lorraine enjoys capturing the moments and snapshots of everyday life, playing with the light or solitary moods in which the subject lives.
Lorraine has participated in many exhibitions over the years and consistently wins prizes in both watercolour and oil competitions. Her articles have been published in Australian Artist Magazine, for whom she, and husband Terry, are conducting a painting tour, late 2010.
She has demonstrated at the prestigious Camberwell Art Show and worked as guest tutor on several occasions for the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (also a member), and invited as judge for their final 2006 exhibition.
Having tutored in South Australia for many years, Lorraine has also been called to teach in Queensland, N.S.W., Vic and Tasmania.
She has entered the Doug Moran and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and was a finalist in the Alice Bale Travelling Award of 2008.
She has judged and co-judged several art shows in South Australia, as well as the Australian Guild of Realist Artists in Melbourne where she also exhibited as the second finalist in the Australian Art Excellence Award in 2009.
Major Awards and Prizes
- 1990 Thomas Laird Travelling Award Victor Harbor
- 1995 1st Prize Port Adelaide
- 1998 2nd Overall Prize of Victor Harbor
- 1998 Silver Award Berwick Victoria
- 2000 2nd Prize watercolour, Victor Harbor
- 2001 1st Prize watercolour, Box Hill, Victoria
- 2001 2nd Prize, Australian Artist Magazine
- 2003 Eckersley Art Prize
Drysdale Best Water colour;
Warrandyte 2nd Prize;
King Vally 1st Prize, Watercolour;
Mountview 1st Prize, Watercolour;
Leopold Best Watercolour;
4 Highly Commended.
Warrandyte 3rd Prize;
Cobram Best Watercolour;
knox Best Watercolour;
Campberwell Highly Commended, Oil.