Loretta Petraitis (b.1964) Graduated from the Zilmius Art Academy in Kaumas, Lithuania with a masters of fine art. Originally from Lithuania, she relocated to the United States; where she first settled in Chicago. Working in oils, she paints a variety of subjects, however she is best known for her dynamic compositions of the urban landscape and industrial settings. Her paintings are characterized by a dynamic use of line, (which effectively carries the viewer’s eye throughout the painting), and a richly textured surface, which makes even the grittiest subject lush and gorgeous. Petraitis typically utilizes a limited palette, in which middle tones are reduced to create more contrast and drama within the composition.
Although the artist’s paintings result from intense, and careful observation the overall effect is a complete sensation of place at a particular moment. The viewer experiences the quietude of her paintings directly. That in itself is refreshing. Her paintings are a reinterpretation on what can be perceived as elegant and beautiful. Today Petraitis maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, and travels extensively for her work.
The Ell (oil on canvas) 30 x 48
Green Bridge (oil on canvas) 36 x 48