Bruce and Lita in Provence
A couple who lives, loves, and works together. After raising their family, they now have a little time to focused on their love of painting…… and retirement from their day jobs, in the next few years, will bring on an entirely new adventure.
Bruce always knew painting was in his heart. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1955 and raised in Suffern, NY. His love for art began as a child but it wasn’t until his senior year, at Suffern High School, he realized his love for oil painting.
When Bruce paints, he breaks all the rules. And his paintings fairly explode with energy and vision. In the tradition of the Impressionists, (he cites Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet as among his influences) Thorne's paintings speak in the dots and dashes of light and shadow that make up the code of his vision. Along with his family, Bruce is on a mission to paint and paint more.
Born Lita Lucille Thornton in Washington state, Lita’s roots run deep in the Appalachian Mountains, where her Southern Appalachian and Native Indian heritage greatly influencing her creativity and her love of nature and color. Kinship with the Earth pulses in Lita’s heart, runs in her blood and informs her bright and powerful paintings.
Lita wears more hats than most. As if being daughter, mother, wife, moma to her grand-daughter Rei, and entrepreneur of her own marketing business weren’t enough, she somehow finds time to serve as President of Artists in the Parks.
At every opportunity, Lita and Bruce enjoy studies and workshops with Ian Roberts, the guru of composition and Mary Anna Goetz Woodstock landscape artist and teacher. They keep busy as active members of the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Newburgh Historical Society and Wallkill River School.
Their love of travel has taken them on several dozen cross-county road trips, throughout the US, and Canada. European adventures include Iceland, Germany, Italy and England to name a few, but by far, the inspiration that they absorbed after spending 3 weeks in France, was explosive. Next, Cuba and then back to Northern France.
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