The Curry Coastal Pilot

Lorraine Filippone, an artist noted for her large abstract paintings, has been chosen featured artist for the month of March by Pelican Bay Arts Association (PBAA).

Though now living and painting in Gold Beach, Filippone studied at New York University, where she received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts, with painting as her subject major.

Filippone also spent a year at the University of Florence in Italy studying art history, and she traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, then spent many years at the New York Art Student's League, studying life drawing and painting.

Over the years, Filippone has exhibited her work throughout the United States and has won numerous awards. Her paintings often measure 5 feet across.

When asked why she paints so large, Filippone responds, "It's just always felt natural to me to paint big. And, when, a while back, a teacher suggested that I paint smaller for better sales, I gave it a try for a while, reducing the size of each new painting by just 1 inch."

Another interesting aspect of Filippone's art is that most of her paintings - even her figurative pieces - have numbers for titles, not words.

Though pieces in this show are painted using oil on canvas, Filippone often paints with acrylics, too.

The first time she used acrylics, "I was amazed that, unlike with oils that dry slowly, how you could quickly paint over another color," she recalled.

Along with Filippone's art, the March theme for member art at PBAA's Manley Art Center and Gallery is "Our Pets." Also featured are the abstract wall sculptures of Gasquet artist Cheryl Owens-Crockett.

The gallery, which is at 433 Oak St., Brookings, is open from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.