Terry and Lorraine Lewitzka have been teaching oil painting and watercolour in Victor Harbor, South Australia, for many years.
Both multi-award winners, Terry specializes in oil and watercolour landscapes while his wife Lorraine, paints portraits and figurative subjects in several media, but largely watercolour.
Terry (b.44) studied with the late John Goodchild and Reg Hicks who brought "Tonal Impressionism" techniques to Adelaide in the late 60's from the Melbourne School of Art. As a young man, Terry travelled widely, visiting European Galleries and studying the masters of the late 1800's and early 1900'. More recently, he discovered the Dutch "Den Haage School" while visiting Holland. He is an experienced "plein air" oil painter, with vast experience of the Australian bush, particularly the iconic Flinders Ranges. He loves to paint the 9 x 5" format, made memorable by the Heidleburg School of Melbourne.
His work has been published on calendars, books and magazines. He has exhibited in one-man and group shows and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts in 1982.
Lorraine (b.52) worked as a fashion and illustrative artist in the late 60's. In 1988, she was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts in Adelaide. In 1990, Lorraine received a travel award from the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show, enabling her to travel and study in the U.S.A. with Robert Wade, Betty Lou Schlemm, Christopher Schink and Alex Powers after which she attended an oil life painting school at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Around the same time, Terry and Lorraine met and studied with Leonid Vasin, Professor of Fine Art from China. As a friend and colleague, Leonid continues to mentor the couple. Lorraine has judged several art shows, won many prestigious awards and continues to exhibit and tutor locally and interstate.
With good underlying draughtsmanship, Lorraine enjoys capturing the moments of everyday life in cafes with waitresses, fairs and shops as well as contemplative figures set in a moody interior. As a musician herself, she is drawn to similar subjects. In fact, people, their activities and emotions, provide a never ending selection of subject. These are expressed in a range of media, as she continues to explore and examine the work of Sargent, Degas, Brabazon Brabazon, Roeloffs and Sorolla.