One of her most meaningful works is currently on display at the ‘Celebrating a Century of Care’ juried art show in Whitby , marking the 100th anniversary of the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. She is excited about attending the final gala there on October 23rd before the exhibit comes to an end.
Her entry was born as a personal project, a commentary on the deception so often manifested in the social media world. The work consists of two paintings, one a smiling filtered image set in front of an abject reality. Her daughter, Madison, was the model. Lori believes that the seeming perfection of lives portrayed on social media is damaging on many levels, compromising self esteem and creating inauthentic personas or unrealistic expectations. The message of the painting proved to be a perfect fit for the Ontario Shores event and she felt honoured by its acceptance in this prestigious exhibit.
A native of Bowmanville, Lori followed her parents to the Trent Hills area seven years ago. She enrolled her family in Karate for fitness but, she grins, she was the only one who stuck with it. Lori completed training for her Black Belt in a short four years and is now an Assistant Instructor at Trent Hills Martial Arts. She loves the sport as well as the conditioning and discipline that is part of the curriculum for martial arts.
“I’m a perfectionist,” she says, one who chooses challenge and detail over familiarity. She has no favourite subject to paint. Lori recounts some initial trepidation about her untried ability to paint animals and people, but her concerns were long ago put to rest on that score. Her first animal painting was of her own pet, Riley.
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