Lauren Raine is one of Tucson’s true visionary artists. Her art appears to transcend our physical world and portray a wider vision of awareness including spiritual or mystical themes. I compare her art to other visionaries like Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Emil Bisttram and Gustave Moreau. Whereas, she has not achieved their level of recognition as yet she definitely will in the future.
Raine’s talents are multiple. She is a classically trained painter, mixed media sculptor, choreographer, theatrical mask maker, dancer, author and teacher. There appears to be an underlying story in all of her art that challenges the viewers. She holds a BFA from the University of California at Berkeley and a MFA from the University of Arizona. She has also attended the Otis Art Institute and the New England Institute for art therapy. She studied mask making under master mask maker Ida Bagus Anom in Bali, Indonesia. Her masks are mostly painted leather.