Artist Bio

Loretta McClellan. Photo credit: Frank Leonard.

A San Jose, California native, Loretta McClellan discovered at an early age that creating something is synonymous with joy.  Her education in Fine Art began in elementary school, when her third grade teacher counseled that certain color combinations were not advised. The instruction felt entirely contrary to Lori’s essence as an emerging creative, introducing her to a lifelong and authentic, celebratory dance with color.  In high school it was her privilege to study with Bob Capitolo and George Matulich, who taught her that artists don’t make mistakes, and crafting a solid skillset that she would carry with her throughout her life. It was in high school that Loretta also forged abiding connections with the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth, both equally influencing her in iconic focal points and nature as a recurring theme.  She began working as a graphic designer while in college, also training in small metal sculpture/jewelry design, and watercolor with Pacific Rim influencer, Wylie Swapp, reminding her of the simplicity and beauty of the medium, furthering deeper reflection as an artist.

Founder, Owner and Principal, Loretta McClellan has served in executive management in both business and nonprofit sectors, including health care, real estate and the Arts. Loretta has won several arts awards for fine art, graphic design and lyrics composition; has a degree in Fine Art; and received grant proposal writing certification. She works primarily in watercolor, with acrylic and other media as inspired, including small metal sculpture/jewelry design and a recent addition of Shibori.  She is an artist, graphic designer, and Arts instructorfive-time author of fiction, poetry and memoir, a lyricist, meditation instructor, amateur musician, and journalist of several published works.  A lifelong learner and champion herald, Loretta leads McClellan Creative in contributing for nonprofits and businesses in design, brand, PR, development and marcom media, as well as Center with the Arts™, offering students of all ages a warm and inclusive learning environment.

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