Lolette Guthrie is a landscape painter who works mostly from memory. “Nature is the external substance in my work; nuance of color that evokes an emotion is the interior substance. While I sometimes work in pastels, I am primarily an oil painter. Regardless of the medium, however, resonant color is the core of my process. I love to juxtapose luminous passages of saturated color with more muted tones combining layers of opaque color with transparent glazes. I find that by varying the thickness of the paint and applying many layers of glaze I can achieve a sense of luminosity and hopefully an awareness of the light in the air, something I am eternally trying to capture.”
Raised in a household filled with art, I have been painting for as long as I can remember. My father was a fine artist and commercial illustrator and my earliest memories are of standing beside him at his easel watching him work and asking questions, and of “working” near him. He often asked for my advice, seemed to take whatever I had to say seriously and urged me to explore my own artistic interests, however, he actively discouraged me from pursuing art as a career. I, therefore, majored in psychology and art history in college and worked for many years as an elementary school teacher but I never stopped drawing and painting. Eventually, I returned to school to study art and received a BS in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.
Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2004, I exhibited widely in both juried and invitational exhibitions in Wisconsin, Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia including such prestigious galleries as the University of Wisconsin, The Milwaukee Museum of Art’s Bradley Gallery, the Cardinal Gallery of Art, Annapolis, MD and the Goodyear Cottage Art Gallery, Jekyll Island, GA. I was also Artist in Residence at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia for 8 years where I was fortunate to have had several solo shows.