Ask Our Students – Lorraine Mackenzie (Wednesday 12-3pm)

“he convinced me that he could teach anybody to draw & paint”

Lorraine Mackenzie

Name: Lorraine Mackenzie
Occupation: Retired
Joined NSA: soon after Mike Started the art school (1999)

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

LORRAINE: My early life was pretty much devoid of anything artistic- cant even remember even being in an art class at school.

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

LORRAINE: Not really- though I did take up pottery classes and enjoyed it for some years-until I went back to work full time- I still have some of the things I made. During that time I helped to run a terrific art & craft Show for the 4th West Pymble Sea Scouts. So I met many talented artists & craftspeople.

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

LORRAINE: I joined the NSA because I met Mike Lamble- as simple as that- I was working as the Course Co ordinator the Chatswood Evening College. Mike came to do a course in Illustration- I interviewed him and he was so enthusiastic about his art & wish to teach – he convinced me that he could teach anybody to draw & paint – my first class was a Life Drawing class – why I went back I will never know.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

LORRAINE: Tom Roberts ” Sherbrooke Forest”- it is a wonderful australian landscape.

"Sherbrooke Forest" by Tom Roberts“Sherbrooke Forest” by Tom Roberts

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

LORRAINE: Right now I am working on a view of Curl Beach where I live . I plan to give to my lovely neighbours who are soon to move away & will no longer have access to this lovely view.

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

LORRAINE: Lots of fun, companionship—plus a great feeling of having made something Beautiful.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?


mike_face Mike said “Why Lorrain went back and continues to this day is every word I spoke was true !
A retired ecconomic and geography teacher ,you would never know looking at her paintings she is too modest to mention she has been published in Australian Artist Magazine that speaks for itsself.”

Ako Lamble Ako said “Lorraine was there a long time before I came on the scene at the art school. She came to our wedding that was held here in the studio, she has been our close friend ever since, and a great example of how anyone can be an artist in their own right, she keeps learning and developing her skills. By her example, she is giving other students a hope of that ‘anybody can be taught to be an artist’. Here are her paintings that prove this to be true in our annual exhibition last year at Mosman Art Gallery. ”






Would you like to improve your drawing skills hugely? As you read Lorraine started with the Life Drawing and still does, we highly recommend you join the Life Drawing class adding to your painting  class like Lorraine.  Life Drawing (Mon 7-9pm) is almost a MUST for every artist.

Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about taking more than one class a week. Email: info[at] / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form

Henry, Mike, Lorraine and Pepe in 2006