Born in the Midwest, Loretta received her BA from what is now Truman University in Kirksville, MO. She went on to complete a M.F.A in painting from Southern Illinois University. In 1988, Loretta moved to Phoenix Arizona were she continues to live and work.
"The natural world is and has always been the primary inspiration for my work. I make landscapes reflecting the places where I have lived and traveled. I believe that the landscape can communicate on many levels. I am also inspired to make still life pictures with flowers, bones and other objects, Over the years I have learned a lot about painting techniques, but technique alone is not an end, only a means. Communication is the objective. For me, a painting not merely a pretty object, but must contain something that contacts the subconscious. I see no reason why this cannot be realized even in those less expensive, less time consuming images that end up in furniture stores, corporate offices, and tract homes"