“Dots! After admiring Mexican and African bead art for many years, I started playing with dots in my paintings. A trip to Alice Springs, Australia, had me reeling—I was so awed by Aboriginal paintings! I have happily let the amazing artwork of all these cultures influence my own.”
Lori received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Painting and Photography. She moved to San Diego in 1984 and began her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer at the San Diego Union Tribune, where her work won both local and national awards. Lori’s passion for traveling overseas took her to West Africa and S.E. Asia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and later to ports around the world as a cruise ship photographer. Lori’s travels have played a huge part in her growth as an artist. Intense cultural immersion and exploration of the human experience shaped her style of painting and point of view, instilling in her a deep admiration for the crafts of artisans around the world. Lori uses this appreciation, along with her photographs and sketches, as a source of inspiration for her paintings today.
Lori recently retired from the San Diego Zoo as a graphic designer. Many of her whimsical animal dot paintings were done during her time there. Now she paints in her home studio and in the courtyard at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, where she has been a member since 2009.