Lora Delestowicz-Wierzbowski
From my first work, my focus has been on my environment, both past and immediate. I am a native Chicagoan. I’ve lived many other places, but returned here again and again.
I produce art about the places I’ve lived/live in, and the people I’ve known/know. I always have a sketchbook and/or camera, so I am constantly drawing/taking pictures. Some of these develop into paintings.

I lived in Greece on two separate occasions, and returned there many times, when I was in my 20’s. I took hundreds of photos, with the intention of turning many of them into paintings. Then I gradually quit painting, for almost 20 years. I became a graphic designer.

When I started painting again several years ago, I returned to these photos. I was unexpectedly moved by the them: the people I saw in them; the quiet and solitary nature of the photos; the person I was then and this person I’ve become. I immediately felt I had to finally paint these images, to go back and try to figure out what I’ve both gained and what I lost.

Reflecting on your own past, and especially a particularly crucial and important period in your life, is both difficult and bittersweet. Light and color are my primary interest; both light and color evoke deep emotional responses.

I try to show the exquisiteness of the things we look at every day: the view from our window, your walk to work, and the #35 bus route. I can truly say that I find beauty, and interest, everywhere, in the quality of light and color in nature and in the constructed environment.

I’ve begun doing more watercolors. I like the speed, the process itself, and the qualities of light and color that you can achieve with watercolors. I've also recently returned to painting with oil... we'll see what happens.