Loretta Shadow Owens began painting in 1989. She enjoys working in both water media and oils and has a passion for the process of drawing and painting. This is a spiritual experience for her, where time becomes irrelevant. Her paintings and drawings sometimes cause smiles and even laughter among fellow artists and outsider viewers. Her debut showing of her art works was in May 2001 at the Townsend House during the Spring Artist Studio Tour in Ruston. Her drawing of Christ was published in a teaching book about compositions produced by M. Douglas Walton.
Loretta holds two BS degrees from Louisiana Tech University: Home Economics Education and Animal Science. She also earned a MS from the University of Tennessee. She has studied at University of Hawaii, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and has studied in Europe on an extensive fashion and textiles tour with Stout State University, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
From a young age Loretta was interested in the arts. She excels in commercial stitch art and calligraphic works featuring Bible verses, prayers, poems and sayings. Loretta is known for fabulous flower arrangements. She incorporates native flowers and greenery with unique flair. She worked as an Extension Home Economist from 1971 to 1973 in LaSalle Parish. She contracted the building of their home from 1976 through 1977 and their barn in 1982 and 1983. She was the first to receive the award for Outstanding Young Woman in Ruston, Lincoln Parish. She was vice president of Ruston Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. and is presently operating Loretta’s Gallery.