Loretta Linda “Lorri” Green was born on September 23, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the oldest daughter of Florence and Simon Green. Lorri grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. Following high school, Lorri met Marvin Barman at a community dance. After a courtship, they were married in 1959. A little more than a year later, they welcomed their first son, Scott (me), followed by Joel four years later and David three years and one day after Joel.
My memories of my mother and her artistic work go back to the mid-1960s while living in Inwood, Long Island where she would spread her materials out on the kitchen table, set up her easel, and paint. At first, she would paint using oils but would try acrylics, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and mixing these mediums.
We moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in the early 1970s. While the floor plan of the house changed, the scene was the same: she set up at the kitchen table with her easel and supplies. By the late 1980’s, her children were grown and she wanted to expand her art. Lorri was accepted to the art program at Winthrop College in nearby Rock Hill, South Carolina. She graduated cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Following graduation, Lorri became more prolific in her art. She continued to paint and draw but worked on other endeavors like designing sweaters, painting unique art on sweatshirts, and working in new mediums like polymer clay. Her new work was amazing!
In the mid-1990s, Lorri was diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is an auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack itself. Even though Lorri had Lupus, it did not have her. In the years that followed, she fought the Lupus and kept up with her art. Unfortunately, the effects of Lupus overcame her body’s ability to fight it on August 27, 2009.
We miss mom every day!
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