Loretta Kasper

Although art runs in her family (her maternal grandfather and great uncle were both professional artists), Loretta Kasper did not begin her own artistic career until 2002. Since that time, Loretta has studied all media and has a thirst to learn as much as she can about and to experiment with a variety of media. She has studied oil, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, Chinese brush, monotype, acrylic, and encaustics at the Art Lab at Snug Harbor and refined her skills in the Summer Studio Scholarship Program. She has studied portraiture in pastel with Ellen Eagle, PSA and Brenda Mattson, PSA. She has also studied mixed media with Lisa Cyr.

Loretta enjoys painting a variety of subjects, and her most recent work explores her interest in mixed media and abstraction. She has recently completed several series of mixed media abstract works that incorporate a variety of techniques and materials. Her goal with abstracts is to evoke a sense of excitement, freedom and curiosity.

Loretta also enjoys painting representational works. Loretta most enjoys painting portraits of animals, both domestic and wild. She tries to capture the spirit and personality of the animals she paints. Her animal portraits hang in several private collections in New York and New Jersey. She also enjoys painting landscapes, particularly scenes that depict the majesty of our natural environment. In addition, her interest in Tibetan Buddhism has led her to explore the images of this culture through a series of pieces with a Tibetan Buddhist theme. This series was exhibited at the Jacques Marquais Museum of Tibetan Art in the Spring of 2007.

She has exhibited her work in Staten Island and New Jersey. Her exhibition venues include the Art Lab Gallery, the Staten Island Botanical Gardens Gallery, the Staten Island Zoo, the Kotinsky Gallery, the Perking Latte Café, the Muddy Cup, the Red Carpet Gallery, The Jacques Marquais Museum of Tibetan Art, the JCC Gallery, and Staten Island Community Television.

Loretta served as the President of the Staten Island Artists’ Association from 2006-2008. In addition, she is a member of the Artists’ Federation and a founding member of the Odyssey Gals Art Group.

A full collection of Loretta’s work may be viewed on the web at http://lorettakasper.tripod.com. For further information contact Loretta at Lfkasper@verizon.net.