A R T I S T  S T A T E M E N T


My work is about connecting to our environment through themes of nature, family and home.  To represent this connection, I loosely paint the flight of a hummingbird, the texture of a nest, the color of nature, and the shape of a vase. Digging deeper, these paintings represent family life cycles, hope, renewal, gratitude and home.


Mixing up mixed media is fun and I work in a variety of mediums including acrylic, encaustic, collage, and plaster.  The desire to explore materials is a constant in my process.  I often ask myself, “What if I tried…” and have used hand dyed silk, bed sheets, paper, and other materials to create texture and visual interest.  I see pattern everywhere and enjoying expressing it by the use of express it by making stencils to use in my artwork.


I am a world traveler and feel each experience transports me to new ideas and concepts.  To me, painting Is like solving a complex puzzle.  There are so many moving parts to resolve, so many ideas to ponder.  The exploration is endless and the completion of a painting, joyous.



Alpharetta, GA 1966

Art found Lorra later in life. Once she moved to Georgia from Texas, she decided to make a change and enrolled in interior design courses at The Atlanta College of Arts.  Exposure and interest in interior design led to painting.  Once she started she never stopped.  She is represented by several Southeastern galleries and has had solo shows in Georgia and Virginia.  She has exhibited at the Atlanta's Swan House, Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Southeastern Designer Showhouse.  Her work has been featured on Tamara Day’s hit television show “Bargain Mansions.”  She is in private collections here and abroad.



dk Contemporary Gallery 

25 West Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060, (770) 427-5377



Tamara Day’s Bargain Mansions

Exclusive collection of artwork available at



High Country Arts and Antiques

715 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, (706) 632.6882



The Studio Gallery

26 Logan Lane # D, Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459, (850) 231-3331





Selected Exhibitions


2024             Works in Wax, Contemporary Women Encaustic Artists at the SAM, Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


2024             Rock Paper Scissors. No Beginning No End at dk Gallery


2024-2023   Small Works at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, South Carolina


2023            Whimsy, Alpharetta Arts Center, Alpharetta, Georgia


2023            ADC Fine Art Spring Competition finalist, Cincinnati, Ohio


2023            Tell Me A Story, Americana, It’s All Black and White, Inside Out, Smile, Curated by Design(er) IV, Whimsy, Joy, Hope at dk Gallery

2023-2022   Little Things, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia   


2023-2022   Meet Me In the Garden Room, The Gardenhouse Gallery in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia


2022            Solo show, Art Pop Up at The Hotel at Avalon, Alpharetta, Georgia


2022            Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse. painting selection by Theresa Ory Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia 

2022            All Creatures Great and Small, Potluck, Inspired, Oh the Places You’ll Go, Abstraction, Bloom, Warm Up / Cool Down shows at dk Gallery


2022-2019  Artwork selected by Tamara Day for HGTV’s / MagnoliaNetwork show, Bargain Mansions for her      licensed print collecion.   


2021           Squared Away, Birds of a Feather, Squared Away, Curated by Designer, Home for the Holidays shows at dk Gallery


2020           Holiday Hop, Wonder and Whimsy, Hope is the Thing With Feathers, By Land & By Sea shows at dk Gallery


2019           Small Gems, Unseen, Vivid, Small Works, Buckhead Pop-up shows at dk Gallery


2019           ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Georgia Chapter’s Art Gala, Atlanta, Georgia


2019           Fresh Start, East End Gallery, Inlet Beach, Florida


2019           Solo show, City of Alpharetta, Atlanta, Georgia   


2018           Solo show, Roots and Wings, dk Gallery


2018           Moments and Memories, East End Gallery, Inlet Beach. Florida


2018           Atlanta Magazine's HOME Modern Showhouse, painting selection by J. Witzel Interior Design, Atlanta, Georgia


2018           Best of dk Gallery, Grits and Glory, Kaleidoscope Explosion shows at dk Gallery


2017           Solo show, From Land to Sky, Jane Sandelin Gallery at Art Works, Inc., Richmond, Virginia


2017           New Year, New Artists, New Work,  Pin-up Show at dk2 Gallery and dk Gallery 


2016           A Square Christmas, Photo Abstraction, I've Got the Blues, Smile, On The Sur- face, New Year, New Art, New Work shows at dk2 Gallery and dk Gallery


2016-2012  Spotlight on Art shows, Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia


2015           Pretty in Pink, Farm to Table, Breaking the Rules, White Christmas, dk Gallery 



Corporate Collection


2021            Permanent Collection, JLL Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia



Artist in Residency


2020           COVID-19 Artist Residency with Kate Osmund, "Creativity in Place",  throughout the pandemic





2023-2008   Workshops in the U.S. and abroad to learn new techniques


2023-2020   Art2Life Academy and Art2Life's Creative Visionary Program with Nicholas Wilton


2016            Member of Fountainhead’s Atelier Program, Roswell Georgia


2015            9th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, Maine


2013-2009   Founded “Domicile In Style”, an interior decorating firm,  Alpharetta, Georgia


2000-1998   Interior Design classes at the Atlanta College of Arts, Atlanta, Georgia 


1988-1984   University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Business Administration:  Marketing and Finance





2022            Artist talk about flora inspiration, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia


2022-2019   Encaustic demonstrations at High Country Arts, dk Gallery, and The Hotel at Avalon. Alpharetta, Georgia


2020            Instagram Live Artist Chat with Tamara Day


2017            “Paper Please” Panelist, dk Gallery


2017            Art talk on exhibition, “From Land to Sky”, Art Works, Inc., Richmond, Virginia





2022           Stroll Historical Brookhaven, “Town and Culture” by Denise Jackson


2022           Modern Luxury Atlanta, dk Gallery’s featured art page


2022           Canvas Rebel, “Meet Lorra Kurtz”


2022           House and Garden, “The Art Edit”


2022           Marietta Daily Journal, “All Creatures Great and Small”


2020           KCTV’s Morning Show ,“HGTV star shows three ways to style a buffet table,” Tamara Day


2019           American Art Collector, dk Gallery Artists


2019           American Society of Interior Designer’s Art Gala featured painting for marketing materials


2019           Art Guide, "Artist Process”


2018           Marietta Daily Journal, “dk Gallery's Roots & Wings”


2018           Voyage ATL Magazine, “Art and Life with Lorra Kurtz”


2017           North Fulton Family Life, "Mixed Media Artist Lorra Kurtz, The Whole Ball of Wax” by Brandi Price


2017           Art Guide featured painting for Art Works Studio and Galleries


2016           Birmingham Home and Garden, "Deck Your Walls”

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