Lorene holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Quay School of Fine Arts in Wanganui, 1996, a Diploma of Teaching from Massey University, 1998 and in 2001 she participated in the Auckland University of Technology Masters of Fine Arts programme. Lorene has received a number of national and international awards and grants, including Creative New Zealand arts grants and artist-in-residence at the National Art Studio of the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art. From 2000-2009 she was Lecturer for Drawing at the School of Design,
Lorene uses drawing to create a universe of characters that she composes into her own unique figurative allegories. The narratives of her work are centred on the dualities of God and evolution; the eternal versus the ever-changing; love and free will versus determinism; the conscious versus the subconscious. These dialectical investigations are manifested in beautiful and delicate figures drawn in ink and watercolour or else rendered large scale in charcoal to create powerfully drawn images. The figures are sometimes spontaneous, sometimes deeply still, or bursting with potential energy. Lorene's deft hand and years of training have accorded her an immediacy of touch that allows the subjects of her works to oscillate between dualities as she chooses to portray them. Lorene is the daughter of Virginia Parker-Skipps from Pesega, Western Samoa and Steve Clotworthy.
Â Lorene has exhibited in museums, private and public galleries in France, London, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Lorene is represented byÂ Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand and by This is no FantasyÂ Melbourne, Australia.