I started my own business, Florida Pastels LLC, in February 2008. My medium, pastels, allows me to capture the beauty of Florida’s beaches, wildlife, and environment. My BA degree in Fine Arts and Education is from the College of New Jersey. I have exhibited throughout the greater Tampa Bay area and am a member of PAVA, the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, the Pastel Society of America, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
I’m proud to have won the Merit Award in 2012 in the Possibilities in Pastel VI show and Honorable Mention in 2011 in the Possibilities in Pastel V show. It was an honor to be the winner of the 2010 Clearwater Jazz Poster Contest. My pastel painting, “Pier in the Key of C”, was featured on the cover of the September/October 2011 issue of Tampa Bay Magazine.
My other passion is teaching. I’m on the faculty of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa. I also give private pastel lessons in my home studio. I hope you’ll visit my website http://www.lorrainepotocki.com..