Loretta "Lori" McClellan 

Past Member? No

Year-round? Yes

ARTIST STATEMENT: 

Creating fine art is about an interconnection with the subject—not just aesthetically, but on a spiritual plane.  A meditative process of refinement, fine art in particular fuses what appeals to me on a conscious level, with learning a deeper truth about myself—an ever-evolving, ever-inward opportunity to dig a little deeper into rediscovering my true nature.  The subject usually comes with a lasting and vital message for me.   Always reflective and insightful, the process is also profoundly inspirational.  The Creative Experience never ceases to amaze me with its wonders and guidance, an effervescent dance of pure joy! —Lori McClellan

ARTIST BIO:

A San Jose, California native, Lori McClellan discovered at an early age that creating something is synonymous with joy.

Her education in Fine Art began in elementary school, when her third grade teacher counseled that certain color combinations were not advised. The instruction felt entirely contrary to Lori’s essence as an emerging creative, introducing her to a lifelong and authentic, celebratory dance with color.

In high school in the San Francisco Bay Area it was her privilege to study with Bob Capitolo and George Matulich, who taught her that artists don’t make mistakes, and crafting a solid skillset that she would carry with her throughout her life. It was in high school that Lori also forged abiding connections with the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth, both equally influencing her in iconic focal points and nature as a recurring theme.

In college Lori began working as a graphic designer, also training in small metal sculpture/jewelry design, and watercolor with Pacific Rim influencer, Wylie Swapp, reminding her of the simplicity and beauty of the medium, furthering deeper reflection as an artist.

Lori has served in marcom executive management in both business and nonprofit sectors, including health care, real estate, and the Arts. She has won several arts awards for fine art, graphic design, and lyrics composition, and a degree in Fine Art. Lori works primarily in watercolor, with acrylic and other media as inspired, including small metal sculpture/jewelry design and a recent addition of Shibori.

Lori is an artist; graphic designer; and, writing as Loretta Boyer McClellan, a six-time author of fiction, poetry, and memoir; a lyricist; meditation instructor; amateur musician; and journalist of several published works. Contributing to the beauty of observation and expression is her life's journey.

Skills:

Communications, marketing, and public relations for businesses and nonprofits, including social media and ads. Publishing for corporate and other media. Grant proposal writing certification. Graphic design, including logo design, brand, advertising, and collateral design. Professional Art Instructor and served as a volunteer Art Instructor in K-8 schools. Appointed to serve on two Historical Commissions in the Boston and Chicago areas.