“Since I can remember art has been a strong influence in my life. I come from Mexico, a country so rich in traditions, culture and art; everything that surrounded me when I was a child living in Southern Mexico (Chiapas) was very important in my formation. I think I felt more in love with my country when I moved to live in the USA, I missed so many things. This great passion for my culture motivated me to take my first class in metals at SSA in San Antonio, Texas. I had so many ideas in my heart that needed to come to life and metalsmithing allowed me to do that. My work is a big representation of my big love for my country and culture; this allows me to create pieces with much soul.”
Lorena grew up in Mexico and the time she spent there amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her amazing body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena's intriguing creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance.
Lorena started taking metalsmithing classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; it was there were she was introduced to metal clay by the hand of Claire Holliday. Since that day she felt in love with this new wonderful medium and has been creating most of her work with it.
She has become a very active artist in metal clay wearable art. Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, and publications of the Precious Metal Clay Guild, and countless on line articles and industry websites. Some of the publications are: PMC Guild Annual 2, 3 and 4, Metal Clay Artist Magazine, Metal Clay Today, FUSION, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Calendars, Metal Clay Beads and The Art of Metal Clay (revised and expanded edition.) Lorena is one of the authors of Metal Clay in Color.
She was invited to be one of the jurors for the PMC Guild Annual 5 with Robert Ebendorf, Celie Fago and Kelly Russell.
Lorena is the author of a book called Behind the Brooch that will be published in February 2014 by Schiffer Publishing.