Lorne began studying seriously at the age of 10 when her work attracted the attention of Prince Serge Yourievitch a contemporary and friend of Rodin and under his guidance and encouragement she began modelling at his studio. She was a student at the Royal Academy Schools and won the Leverhume Scholarship, the Silver medal for sculpture combined with architecture, and the Feodora Gleichen Scholarship. Two sculptures were accepted by the Royal Academy when she was only 20. She was elected a Member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors in 1969 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1972. “Her exhibitions have been an outstanding success with the public and critics alike and her work has gone to collections all over the world” Whenever possible Lorne likes to work from life as she finds direct contact with her subject inspires, enlivens and enlightens her work.
The search for the essence of a subject has always attracted and fascinated her. Lorne McKean is married to sculptor Edwin Russell who she met while studying at the Royal Academy Schools