Lorraine Thorarinson Betts
visual artist

 


 

 

A Canadian artist working in painting and printmaking from her studio in Victoria, B.C., Lorraine is a graduate of fine arts from the University of Victoria. Her work is in private collections in Canada, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

A journey in art is the telling of a story, a journal of a day. I came to visual art by way of music and a love of modern design. Making art just seems like a natural state of being.

 

my art

is about contrast

the dry flatland

that holds the inland sea

the rolling skies of thunder

from the west

in summer

my art is about flood and winter melt

heat and drought

strength and vision

where my people persevered

in a land of extremes

my ancestors were Vikings

resilient

my people had vision

where I come from

my neighbours were

fishermen, farmers, risk-takers

innovators, musicians and poets

contrast

my work is contrast

colours of life

improvisation

the travel I make

 

 

 

 

                                              

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION 

BFA University of Victoria, Canada

BA University of Manitoba, Canada

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2011 

Active member of critical studies with Bill Porteous, MFA Otis. 2014 to present

 

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

2021       CD cover artwork for MOONLIGHT DOOR by Garnett Betts

2019       CD cover artwork for HIGHFIELD by Garnett Betts

2010       Book cover artwork for THAT OTHER BEAUTY by Karen Enns  

 

AWARDS & Professional Experience

2016       Juror - Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, BC

2013       Award of Merit, Longhouse Gallery, Tsawwassen, BC       

2012       Juror - Metchosin Art Gallery, Visions of Metchosin, BC

2007       Juror’s Choice Award, Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

2007       Best in Show, Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

2003       Honourable Mention, Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

2000       Purchase Award, Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

  

Selected EXHIBITIONS

2019       Painting 2019, Wednesday Group, Bill Porteous Gallery, Victoria, BC

2018       Wednesday Group Abstraction 2018, Bill Porteous Studio Gallery, Victoria, BC

2016       Recent Abstract Works, Wednesday Group, Bill Porteous Studio Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Abstract Four Paintings, Dales Gallery, Victoria, BC

2015       Abstract Paintings, Wednesday Group, Bill Porteous Studio Gallery, Victoria, BC

2014       VISA Turns 10, VISA, Victoria, BC

2013       Abstract 10, Bill Porteous Studio Gallery, Victoria, CA

               Massively Mini Art Show, MAG, Victoria, BC

               Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               Oil and Water, Longhouse Gallery, Tsawwassen, BC        

               Ten Thousand Hours, MAG, Victoria, BC

               Small, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Art Brownie Zoo, INDEXG Gallery, Toronto, ON

               Massey Gallery, AGGV, Victoria, BC

               Art on Display, Oak Bay Marina, Victoria, BC

2012       Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               Massively Mini Art Show, MAG, Victoria, BC

               Christmas Small Works, Massey Gallery, AGGV, Victoria, BC

               Art On Display, Oak Bay Marina, Victoria, BC

               AT THE MAG, Metchosin Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Art Brownie Galaxy, Indexg Gallery, Toronto, ON

               AB FAB Abstracts Show, Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Mystery Show, Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

              Art Brownie Project, INDEXG Gallery, Toronto, ON

               Summer Small Works Show, Massey Gallery, AGGV, Victoria, BC

               Multiple Impressions, Massey Gallery, AGGV, Victoria, BC

               Discovery, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

              Red Art Gallery - Art on Display, Oak Bay Marina, Victoria, BC

               Stinking Fish Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

2011       Sidney Fine Arts Show​, Sidney, BC

               Heliolatry, Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

               The 500 Show, Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

               The Elegance of Black, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

               The Guiding Thread So Fine, Cedar Hill Center, Victoria, BC

               Summer Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

               Christmas Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

               Stinking Fish Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

2010       Lorraine Thorarinson Betts, Selections, solo show, Eclectic Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               A Passion for Print, Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

               Mapping, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Summer Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

               Christmas Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

               Small Treasures III, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Stinking Fish Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

2009       Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC

               Prints for Peace, Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Monterrey NL Mexico

               Allsorts, Watermark Printmakers, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Summer Small Works, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

               Stinking Fish Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

               Memory, History and Family, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Labyrinth, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Summer Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery Greater Victoria, BC

               Christmas Small Works, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery Greater Victoria, BC

2008       Lorraine Thorarinson Betts, solo show, P.S. Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Small Works, Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Small Treasures, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Small Works, P.S. Gallery, Victoria, BC

               Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               Stinking Fish Fall Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

               Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

               Stinking Fish Summer Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

               Translations, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

                LOOK Victoria 2008, Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC

2007       Stinking Fish Fall Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

               Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               Art Incognito, VISA, Victoria, BC

               Motivation, Power & Achievement Society, Vancouver, BC

               Interleaving, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

                Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

                Stinking Fish Summer Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

                Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB     

                Homage, Mermaid’s Kiss Gallery, Gimli, MB

                LOOK Victoria 2007, Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC

2006        Stinking Fish Fall Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

                Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

                Stinking Fish Summer Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

                Infinite Horizons, Mermaid’s Kiss Gallery, Gimli, MB

                Daisy Irwin Art Show, Sooke, BC

                Water, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

               LOOK Victoria 2006, Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC

2005       Exhibition of Small Works, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

               Stinking Fish Fall Studio Tour, Victoria, BC

               Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

               Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

               Muddy Boots, Watermark Printmakers, Victoria, BC

               Aqua Vitae, Mermaid’s Kiss Gallery, Gimli, MB

                Fugue, Gallery Lacosse, Winnipeg, MB

                Song Cycle, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

2004        Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

                Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

2003        Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney, BC

                Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

                Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB            

                Vessels, Watermark Printmakers, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria, BC

2002        Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC

                Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

                Prairie Ocean Art Show, Gimli, MB

                Face Value, Graduation Show, University of Victoria, BC

                Visual Impetus V, History in Art Symposium, University of Victoria, BC

2001        Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

2000        Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB

1999        Icelandic Festival Fine Art Show, Gimli, MB