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FEATURED ARTIST

Loriann Signori

Loriann Signori

Topaz Serenity

Most people think that I am a landscape painter, but is that really what I am? While landscape is my chosen genre, it's not why I paint. Yes, I love painting the light, especially at dawn and dusk, but it's more than that. It's about color and feeling. I paint the beauty of the ordinary and try to elicit a feeling. I do it with color.  Color is my tool, my love and my nemesis.  

During the years my constant exploration of color has been like a roller coaster ride that brings excitement and frustration.  Hans Hoffman, Rothko, Wolf Kahn and Richard McKinley have been my influences, in particular their work with the temperature of colors. Color is the main focus of their explorations, as it is mine. Simultaneous contrast, how relationships of colors next to each other affect the two colors and the whole is what it all boils down to.  Hoffman talked about using color not to copy nature but to construct a relationship, in effect creating luminosity.  Rothko did it magnificently. So did Kahn. I have been fortunate to work with Richard McKinley, master pastelist, whose luminous work is simultaneous contrast. He has been my greatest influence.

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Sweet
Both plein air painting and studio work are important components of my discipline. Seeing beauty in the ordinary is so easy when I am outdoors; that is why I paint en plein air.  This passion began in my youth and has been a constant part of my life. My love for plein air has only deepened and matured since then. I earned my BFA and MFA in painting. All the while I painted outside in all kinds of weather, constantly chasing an understanding of color, light and luminosity.  I continue to do so and consider my small daily paintings to be my vitamins. I do them as a musician plays scales each day. They keep me sharp.

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Melon Colored Fog


In the studio I create from my daily plein air experiences and my rich memory. The studio is where the risk taking takes place, the planning, and synthesis of learning. Painting from my memory has recently become one of my favorite ways to work. I have found that relying on the memory and my intuition is an exciting way to create the feeling I seek.  

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Color, Diva and Other Things
Doing series of paintings has been an essential tool in developing my artistic vision. While studying for my masters I pushed that idea as far as possible by painting one pot of yellow mums for an entire two years. I paint feeling; how else could I paint those mums day after day? Since that time I have moved from oils to acrylics, to pastels and back again.  Series of paintings continue to be a theme, only the subject matter is different. During this time I have learned that I need an emotional attachment to my subject for it to be my muse. Exploration and discovery make me tick and I will always be a student of the world around me.
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Devotion


I paint daily. I feel strongly that habit breeds passion makes habit and continues in a cycle. I never wait for inspiration, I just do. You can check out my daily paintings on my painting a day blog,
loriannsignori.blogspot.com or my finished larger works on www.loriannsignori.com.