Well known local artist and musician Lorraine Lewitzka is an inspiration to all who know or meet her. This gracious, talented, and extremely creative lady, who recently lost her beloved husband and life partner of 45 years, is learning to live without the man who she claims “was part of the reason for her success in the field of art”.
Terry Lewitzka, a well known local artist, died suddenly in March this year and since his untimely death, Lorraine is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after their fulfilling time together. Lorraine has a strong Christian faith and with the support of her two caring sons Tyson and Luke, she is slowly adjusting to life without Terry.
Lorraine said it was not until she met and married Terry in 1972 and their two boys were born, that Terry finally persuaded her to take her creativity more seriously. Lorraine's entire family was artistic with her mother being a very talented musician. Lorraine learned to play the piano when she was only eight years old and so began her love for music.
As a teenager, she played accordion, bass guitar and sang with the South Coast bush band 'Hard Yakka'. In her early 30's she even learned to play the flute. Lorraine is a member of the Granite Community Band that performs at many shows, including the Victor Harbor Christmas pageant.
Both Tyson and Luke are involved in music and Lorraine said they are also good at drawing and sketching. In 1989 Lorraine won the Victor Harbor Rotary Club's ‘Thomas Laird Art Award’, which took her overseas to study art.
“Terry supported me every inch of the way and taught me to take myself more seriously as an artist,” she said. Terry and the boys joined her in London for the final month of her study tour and she said “it was a wonderful time in our life”.
In the early 1980's Terry and Lorraine started their own business Lewitzka Art Studios. The business became a huge success. In 1989, the family purchased the historic old post office building in Coral Street, Victor Harbor. They worked hard to restore it, allowing areas for art studios and a place to house Terry's hobby of collections of historic relics.
Lorraine has produced numerous exquisite oil and acrylic pieces of artwork. Her style is unique, combining beautifully presented colours and textures with her subjects being mostly figurative, portraits, still life and boatscapes.
She has won many awards, including the Victor Harbor Council's 'Acquisition Prize' and at the Victor Harbor Rotary Club's annual art show, Lorraine will help hang paintings. Lorraine has recently been made an honorary member of the club and at the art show she will sponsor the traditional Australian Landscape prize in memory of Terry.