My name is Lorraine Randall and I am originally from Zimbabwe. My family and I relocated to Portugal in 2017. I have always been very passionate about art. I started as a child doing pencil drawings. I decided to try water colours and did a few pieces. I then moved onto doing animals and portraits of people in pastels. I won the Flame Lily National Art competition in Zimbabwe at the age of 15. But, I always wanted to learn more and try different mediums, always pushing to better myself. That’s when I fell in love with oils…..
As a child I would sit and watch my mother painting in oils. I was determined to learn how to paint like she did. My Mom was an incredible oils artist and she taught me the basics of painting in oils, and I still study her work to this day, to pick up her techniques. I have not looked back since. I have been painting in oils for 25 odd years now and I love to focus on photo realism. For me I find it very challenging and exciting to bring an animal to life, just the way you would see it, if it was in the bush or jungle. As I am from Africa I have been up close and personal with many of the animals that I paint. Therefore, I try and capture the very essence of the bird, big cat or even elephant.