The Art of Lora Duguay
"The Pure Pleasure is my relationship with the canvas."
A bit about me: A polio survivor since the young age of 3, after a 26 year career as a medical language specialist, I began oil painting as a hobby, emerging into a full time career when postpolio syndrome affected my life. Artistic creativity has been focused on the cultural beauty of indigenous tribes and nature. Paintings depict the beauty and romanticism of nomadic people living life from the earth, making my art unique, while the animals depict either the gentleness or ferocity associated with their nature. I am driven by the desire to create that which flows forth from a higher power. All images and text copyright © 2010, Lora Duguay, All Rights Reserved.
2009 Exhibitions: Lewis House, Eckerd College; Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida; Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, (101 Pieces of a Dream), Tampa, Florida; ArtSpring, South Pasadena, Florida. 2008 Exhibitions: Native American Inter-Tribal Group Art Exhibition, Dale Mabry Campus Art Gallery, Tampa Nov. 5 through Dec. 6, 2008; Gallery/Studio of Duane Probus, Largo, Florida; Edfish Gallery Exhibit in Sarasota, Florida; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; ArtSpring, South Pasadena, Florida, Spring Art Exhibit VSA Arts, Tampa, Florida. Lora shares her creativity as a Teaching Artist in Residency with VSA Arts of Florida. 2007 Exhibitions: Tampa Museum of Art, Through My Eyes Exhibit, juried art show. Oldsmar City Hall Exhibit, Olsdmar, Florida. 2006 Exhibitions: Vocational Rehabilitation Exhibit, Tallahassee, Florida. 25th Anniversary Celebration of VSA Arts of Florida Exhibit Ruth Eckerd Hall. HCC Community College Art Gallery, Dale Mabry Campus. HCC Community College Gallery, Ybor City Campus. 2005 Exhibitions: The Women's Center, Jacksonville, Florida. Riverwalk, Jacksonville, Florida. The Cummer Museum, Creativity Works Exhibition.
Currently a Board Member and Member of VSA Arts of Florida, as well as a member of VSA Arts an international, a nonprofit organization http://www.vsarts.org/
Recently broadcast on 10 Connects news 10 Connects Hero: Artist paints picture of success
, as well as WUSF, Spectrum Television, and in the Spring/Summer Edition of USF Magazine, the local government television show "Polk Place" with the Native American Mother and Child painting. Fox Channel News 13 did a segment on "What's Right With Tampa Bay," about my life, my art and the VSA 25th Anniversary Celebration, October, 2006. I have also given docent tours at the Tampa Museum of Art during the "Through My Eyes Exhibition," as well as presentations about VSA Arts of Florida at the St. Petersburg Hilton, "Hearts and Famiies Program."
Currently an Artist in Residency sharing artistic creativity with children who have disabilities throughout the State of Florida.
I have also painted alla prima, live, at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) and at the University of South Florida.