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Lorraine Inzalaco is an artist whose work portrays women loving women. She earned a Studio Arts degree at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, a BFA from the University of Cincinnati, and an MFA at Queens College.

When painting from models, Lorraine builds a vignette with props, and then the models step into the scene. The women in her paintings are sometimes loved ones, sometimes professional models, as well as women she has imagined. Many of her paintings are life-size in scale. “I'm comfortable painting large,” she explains. “It's about body rhythm as you move across the canvas.” She has on occasion constructed life-sized soft-sculpture women and used them in place of models "because they can do things models can't (like hold a kiss for three days)."

Lorraine says, “As a Lesbian and an artist, I have been recording the wonderful gifts of my life as far back as I can recall.” Making art as a celebration of my love for women, and my being loved by women is natural subject matter for me.” Her passion for creating began early, “I remember in kindergarten when I would draw.” she said. “The beautiful teacher would suggest we lie on the floor with a very large sheet of paper and Crayola crayons, and she would begin the classical music on an old record player. The rich combination of music, my innocent and pure love for her, and the permission to express myself visually and colorfully, set the conditions for my studio life for years to come.” Lorraine considers her subject matter of women loving women to be not only a simple and direct telling of her own life story, but an attempt to contribute to the women's movement and others who are finding a voice in the world. “My subject matter is not intentionally political, however I want my work to be visible. I believe I am being political by being present.”

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