Lorna Rankin

28th November 1946 – 15th May 2022

We are very sad to announce that Lorna recently passed away after a short illness. Lorna was a talented artist who joined the Cotswold Craftsmen around 20 years ago. She was an active member of our committee organising events for many years. She was such a lovely person, always welcoming to new members and made many friends in the group. She really enjoyed exhibiting with Cotswold Craftsmen, especially the Malvern RHS garden shows, staying in Malvern and going out for evening meals with other members of our group and always leaving the show with new plants for her garden.

Lorna trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and worked as a graphic designer and freelance architectural illustrator.  Building on this experience she worked in traditional watercolour for a period producing paintings of many places in the Southwest and West Midlands.

Gradually, new work became more abstract, compositions developing from montages of landscape, garden and coastal images painted in acrylic inks. These were arrived at by using lots of sketches from life and reference materials assembled in a layered technique, and show traces of Cubist influence and also similarities to English painters of the 1920/30s

During the last years during ‘COVID Lock down’ Lorna mostly tended her garden, which she loved. Here is a quote from Lorna about that time:

‘I have spent nearly everyday gardening, which is no bad thing as my immediate reaction was to grow more food and plant more wild flowers.’

Lorna will be sadly missed.

Lorna has left a huge legacy of art works. Originals and Print editions of Lorna’s work are currently available at the Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery in Nailsworth. All sales will go to Lorna’s family.