We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorrie Lane and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lorrie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This is the third time I’ve had my own building as an art studio/gallery. I have to be in business for myself because I’m a painter, but it’s possible to only work as a wholesaler of your own work. Having a storefront allows me to be both retailer and wholesaler, as well as the ‘manufacturer’ of art . I had a studio at an art center for several years, but when that was no longer available I decided it was time to once again look for a storefront situation. I love my new location because it has all the elements necessary for both studio and art gallery/retail space. The business aspects of running a gallery are not my favorite part. However I like being able to interact with people every day, something that is difficult when painting from a home studio. I like being part of the downtown business community and it’s great to be able to participate in and contribute to the city’s downtown life.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a painter, primarily working in oil. For the past 4 or 5 years I have been exploring painting with palette (or painting) knives instead of a brush. My work is often somewhere between realism and abstraction. My technique involves a lot of layering, texture, and color. I don’t know how to describe my style but casual viewers can point out my paintings, so I guess it has a ‘look.’ I have a degree in English literature and planned on a career in writing. I just never stopped drawing and painting. About 25 years ago I realized I wanted to spend all day making art. I didn’t think it was possible to do that and make any money. Some years were better career-wise than others. Currently I benefit from the many years of practice. It’s easy for me to paint every day because I am so driven to do so. The business part of art as well as the actual painting are challenging every day. It’s a privilege to be able to live this life.

My art reflects my life, sometimes more directly but often obliquely. There’s a code, one I don’t even know how to read.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My itinerary begins with coffee and breakfast at 5 Restaurant on 6th St down the street from my studio. From there we’d hang out at my studio, maybe painting together and looking at the work of the other artists in my gallery. We could tour exhibits at The Dinah Washington Art Center and the Paul Jones Gallery. A stroll around Government Plaza is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Lunch could be at Heat Pizza or Mellow Mushroom, within walking distance from the Plaza. There are fun shops to visit across the river in downtown Northport. Of course no trip to Tuscaloosa is complete without a tour of the University of Alabama. The beautiful campus stretches across a large area of the city. The new river walk park along the Black Warrior River is scenic. We could watch a tow boat or two carrying barges through the river.

Later at night we could get a drink at the Alcove, a small bar tucked away from the crowds, or opt for Loosa Brews for a relaxed night out. Live music at the Lookout Bar at the Hotel Indigo is another option.

On a nice day we could take a hike at nearby Lake Lurleen . Finally, I’d have to take my friend to downtown Homewood to see daughter Liz at Liz Lane Gallery.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A shoutout to my husband Alan Lane who has always believed in what I do and has motivated me to keep going. Another shoutout to my daughter Liz Lane. She is a painter and gallery owner, and she inspires me by her drive, initiative, and evolving talent.

There are so many other teachers, artists, friends, and of course family that deserve mention, but I may need a book-length article to give them each their due.

Website: www.lorrielaneart.com

Instagram: lorrieslane

Facebook: Lorrie Lane and Lorrie Lane Studio

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