Lorraine Patey grew up in Curling but has lived in Irishtown for the last 37 years. Although she always had a fondness for crafts and photography, she didn’t discover her passion for painting until she signed up for an art class with instructor Charlene Sharpe in 2001. She soon discovered her talent and passion for painting and from that time on has looked at life through the eyes of an artist, seeing inspiration everywhere she looks, from landscapes to animals to people.

Although the majority of her works are traditional framed pieces she loves to up-cycle objects and turn them into works of art. Things like old frying pans, wooden snowshoes, sea glass, driftwood and metal plates have been given new life as a piece of art. Some of these pieces have been sold to people all over Canada.

Lorraine spends much of her leisure time with her husband at their cabin where she partakes in the things she enjoys the most, painting, photography, snowshoeing and skidooing.