Loreta Hume

Loreta Hume

Location: Canada

I was born in Toronto and am still living and working in this fabulous ciy. Part of the year I am in my second studio located in beautiful, historic Brigus NL.

I am honoured to be a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.

My educational background includes formal training in fine arts mastering a multitude of mediums. I began my working career as an editorial illustrator and graphic designer. The likes of Heather Cooper, Blair Drawson, Anita Kunz, were my superheroes. From a successful but deadline driven career in commercial/graphic design I have veered onto a road of self discovery, focusing on fine arts. Oil on canvas is my preferred medium.
Sharing my passion for the outdoors and travel through my art has been a joyous journey.

My full portfolio of paintings with descriptions can be viewed on my personal web site: loretahume.com
Also available are limited edition prints.

For further information contact me at loreta.hume@icloud.com


The ground we walk on

Paintings in this group are inspired by my world travels. The stone and and surrounding earth of these distant locations are never changing. Textures, colours, types of foliage are constant over time.

Travel inspires me to put those colours to canvas. Regardless where we travel so much of what we see and experience is different and yet so much is the same.

Jade Coloured Bell “Jade Coloured Bell”

oil on canvas
30” x 24”
• Quiet, hidden residential courtyard
• Signs of medieval prosperity/affluence
• Located in Avignon’s “Exchange” quarter
• Smoke damage to the porous limestone
• Oxidized bronze bell, beauty with age

Avignon was originally a Phoenician trading post during the High Antiquity. Avignon then became a flourishing Roman town.

It suffered greatly from the barbarian invasions, followed by the Moors and the Francs in the High Middle Ages. With the expansion of trade, benefiting from its strategic position and its bridge over the Rhône, it had the status of a free town, strong and arrogant enough to defy the King of France.

The presence of the Popes made Avignon the capital of the Medieval western world in the 15th century. Great Italian banking houses followed the Popes and settled in the city. The city was a prosperous centre for money exchange and trade. The architecture reflected this prosperity. This was a papal territory up until the French Revolution. Avignon entered into relative anonymity in the 19th Century only to come back as a cultural capital in the 20th Century.

The jewel-like bell has defied the ravages of time.

Cusco Blue Door “Cusco Blue Door”

Cusco Blue Door
oil on canvas
48” x 48”
Limited edition stretched canvas prints also available

Cusco, Peru
• High in the Peruvian Andes
• Inca and Spanish structures
• Signs of damage from 1950 earthquake are still visible
• Dignity and beauty of the Inca culture
More than 3,000 years old, Cusco is one of the oldest cities in South America. It was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture seen today, and many of the stone walls that line the streets were built by the Incas.
Situated in the Peruvian Andes the elevation is approximately 11,200 feet. A very magical place of many contrasts. Inca traditional beliefs and strong Catholic ties to the Vatican coexist. After mass in one of the Spanish built Roman Catholic churches one can visit the local shaman for herbal medicines and/or talismans. The thin fresh air turns cold and crisp after the sun sets. The morning sun quickly warms the the streets during the day. Terracotta washed countryside contrasts with bright colours of textiles, pottery, doorways, handcrafts and art.
So beautiful it will have you gasping for air.

Golden California “Golden California”

oil on canvas
48” x 36”
Limited edition stretched canvas prints are also available
Hearst Castle Grounds
San Simeon, California

• Warm golden California
• 127 acres estate
• Sun drenched rolling hills
• Iridescent glow

La Cuesta Encantada, “The Enchanted Hill” high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years, transformed an informal hilltop campsite into the world-famous Hearst Castle – a magnificent 115-room main house plus guest houses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens.

The natural beauty of the property leading up to the grounds was much more inspiring than the well groomed gardens surrounding the fairy tale castle.