Loretta Yoder


Music and art were Loretta Yoder’s first loves as a young girl growing up outside of Buffalo, NY. She continued that double pursuit at Goshen College, Indiana, graduating with a vocal major and art minor. Eventually the music/art path led her to the stage and she earned a Masters Degree in Theatre from Indiana University.

For the next 30+ years Loretta had a successful career in and around Indianapolis theatre/opera as a Stage, Artistic, or Producing Director, culminating with the purchase of a summer “barn” theatre in Saugatuck, MI. Along the way she also did set design/painting/decor, costumes, props and lighting, but her love for the canvas and easel never diminished.

Since 2004 she has been a painter on Nantucket. Recent study has been in workshops with nationally known artists Don Demers (Nantucket, Sarasota), Mary Erickson (Sarasota), Jonathan McPhillips (Rockport, MA), Hagop Keledjian (Putney, VT, Rockport), Joe McGurl (Nantucket), Gregg Kreutz (Nantucket, Chicago), Diane Rath (Chicago, Putney),and her dear mentor and friend, James Harrington, Nantucket.

Artist’s Statement:

"See. Feel. Present...with brushes! A task both simple and profound.

As an oil painter, I love the variety the medium offers. Every canvas is an adventure -- discovering harmony or discord in colors vivid or subtle, using texture, line, rhythm, edge, light and dark -- the choices are mind-boggling but never boring.

To see what I see and engage viewers with my choices -- that is the goal."


Where to See/Buy

Contact: yodoky@yahoo.com

©Loretta Yoder 2021