Colors of Life

Lorrie Bortner

Painter, Muralist, & Colcha Embroidery

Artist Type: Mixed-Media, Painter, Printmaker, Textile

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Contact: Lorrie Bortner at (575) 751-0493


My paintings have a lyric, poetic quality. They tell stories of places that exist beyond the mundane. The feminine image and animals hold symbolic, archetypal value. Everyday events have a playful twist, a mystical element with a touch of humor. The paintings are done in oil paint or oil paint and other materials ie. mixed media.

   I also create colcha embroidery, a traditional stitch of Northern New Mexico. I teach colcha embroidery to youth as an artist in the schools.  I also create large murals with youth and adults during the summer.

   The land, sky, animals and people of Northern New Mexico act as an inspiration, juxtaposed on my imagination and love of color, shape and composition. This unfolds in my paintings, murals and colchas.

    A book is available of my art:  An Oasis in the Mountains: The Paintings of Lorrie Bortner.

    Studio tours and group or private workshops are available by appointment.