Loretta is known nationally for her maritime art. She started out as an illustrator and graphic designer before eventually developing her unique dual career as a maritime artist and illustrator of children’s books.
As a studio painter, Ms. Krupinski prefers to paint local harbors, beaches and classic wood boats. Her move to coastal Maine has prompted an additional interest in historical paintings of the maritime industry. As a sailor herself, she has come to know firsthand the subjects she chooses to paint. Her boat and camera afford her easy access to views of harbors, yachts, and fishing boats from the water. Ms. Krupinski believes in the importance of preserving the images of classic wooden boats, fishing or sail, on canvas for the future. The historical paintings come to life through paint brush and color for everyone to see instead of being filed away as only a black and white photograph at the local Historical Society.
Loretta is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). She has juried ASMA shows and she has received three Awards of Excellence and twice the Thomas Hoyne III Award at the International Marine Art Exhibitions at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, since 1986. Her work has been exhibited at museums from Maine to Seattle and has been featured in many publications including: Nautical Quarterly and Marine Paintings (Rayfield).
When she is not researching or painting, Loretta tends her extensive garden overlooking the St. George River, in midcoast Maine. Her first book with Down East was A Maine Artist’s Garden Journal and her newest release is Looking Astern, An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfronts. Her work has been in books including: Marine Painting by Susan Rayfield, Watson Guptill Publishing; Marine Art, A Collection of Fine Art – Rockport Publishing, Gloucester, MA and Bound for Blue Water, Contemporary American Marine Art by Russell Jinishian. Plus her work has been in such magazines as: Nautical Quarterly, U.S. Art, Connecticut Magazine; American Artist; Maine Boats, Harbors Magazine and Down East.