"Each piece is truly unique . . . with a Bible verse on the back."
Lorraine Millspaugh finds her artistic inspiration in the details of nature. If you frequent the Alligator Farm on Anastasia Island, you may find her photographing the inhabitants of the Rookery. Different seasons bring out the styles and plumages of native birds and March is Lorraine’s favorite time of year to photograph. “I study birds at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm because the Rookery is protected from natural predators,” she explains. March is the best time to see the mating plumage of the heron and many other local birds. Lorraine uses her breathtaking photos as reference when she begins a new painting. Painting from two or even three photos, she begins her work on linen canvas stretched over birch frame. Combining techniques traditionally used for watercolor and oil painting, Lorraine uses acrylic paints and water-based oils to achieve the heightened level of realism her clients love. “Each piece is truly unique. I spend hours layering the background and upon completion add a Bible verse to the back of the canvas.” Angel Godwin, Fine Art Gallery Representative explains, “It takes Lorraine anywhere between 250 to 500 hours to finish a piece.” “I only sell my original art through fine art galleries. So many artists sell through the Internet but you lose the community aspect.” Lorraine’s work is on display both in St. Augustine and nearby Palm Coast. In St. Augustine just south of the plaza, you will find her pieces at Sea Spirits Gallery, named a Hidden Gem by Southern Living. In nearby Palm Coast, the Baliker Gallery showcases Paul Baliker’s exquisite wildlife sculptures, a natural pairing with Lorraine’s realistic paintings of Florida birds. You can view and purchase Lorraine Millspaugh’s original artwork at Sea Spirits Gallery in St. Augustine or the Baliker Gallery in Palm Coast. Visit LorraineMillspaugh.com for more information Lorraine’s latest work.