Lori is a native Texan who has 26 years of teaching experience in public schools. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Masters of Art Education degree from the University of North Texas.
She taught elementary to senior high students and held the team lead position for the visual arts department in Plano ISD. She spent the last 20 years at the senior high school level teaching Art 1-3, Advanced Placement Drawing, Advanced Placement 2D Design and International Baccalaureate Art. The subject areas taught were design, drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, 3d art and Photoshop. Art history was also integrated within each subject area.
Lori always wanted to pursue her own art career. In 2014 she retired from teaching and began her creative journey. Although she enjoys mixed media, painting and printmaking, drawing the figure is her true love.
In 2015 she studied with Michael O'Keefe of the O'Keefe Studio Center in Richardson. In 2017 she was chosen to participate in the Advanced Studio Seminar. In 2018 she was in her first group show, Convergence, in conjunction with the seminar. Lori began to enter area exhibitions and in October of 2018 her mixed media piece was selected into Dia De Los Muertos at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas.
Lori says of her work, “I try to piece together the parts of my life that identify who I am, where I have been, and what I understand to be true.” Family, spirituality and the impact of nature are themes she explores.