Lorene Runham is a full time artist living in the foothills of Alberta.
By the age of 12, Lorene knew she wanted to go to art school and in the mid 1970s, Lorene finished her formal training in Art and Design. Her career has allowed her the ability to fully develop skills in pastel, watercolour, acrylic and mixed-media/collage. Lorene’s most recent works have evolved into using photography to create digital compositions and abstracts.
Having travelled across Canada Lorene says with certainty we are a blessed people to be able to call this country our home. And better yet to live here in rural Alberta.
Runham is a member/protector with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has developed a lifelong loyalty to place: rural Alberta. She strongly believes artists are the keepers of our culture. Everything around us is important to our success and survival as a culture. Canadian artist Toni Onley impressed Lorene with his views on this and how natural it is for us to explore nature’s world.
The Impressionist Masters have always influenced Lorene’s approach to art making. Her works deliver exciting textures and designs while portraying strong light and colour. Seeing original works by Vincent van Gogh while touring Europe was a dream come true for Lorene.
Lorene’s creative works have become her response to a quote by Martin Luther: God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Lorene believes making art honours His signature on everything:
“God’s signature is found in every sunset, on every mountaintop, tree, leaf and blade of grass. Making art is my answer back as an expression of gratitude.”
In 2010 Lorene was diagnosed with breast cancer. Being drafted into a battle she did not want to fight only makes the above quote that much more important to her. And maybe just maybe someone else will be blessed having viewed her works.