Lori received her M.F.A in Painting from Bradley University, where she is employed as Creative Director for the Admissions office. By day, she is a graphic designer – by night, a visual artist. Her paintings, drawings and mixed media artwork are created in Artsquared Studio, which allows her the freedom to create without the boundaries and restrictions that often come with job-related design.
Her preferred medium is oil, but she has worked with watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, paper mache, pastel, graphite, charcoal and clay/ceramics. She prefers bright colors and more object-oriented themes, and her styles range from gestural to detailed. The piece she submitted for Sky Art Peoria is a departure in subject matter from most of her recent works. Using the landscape of Central Illinois as inspiration, she has added brilliant colors in her interpretation of the rural farm scene.
Lori’s work has been accepted into a number of juried art shows, including: Women’s Work in Woodstock, Illinois, The Peoria Art Guild Nude Attitude Show, Best of Peoria at the Waynar Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Best of Bradley in Junction Gallery. She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Peoria Art Guild Members’ Show, 2018 and 2020, and Best of Show in opaque watercolor at ICC.