Artist Lori Smith

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The PersonLori paints primarily landscapes, often including figures, using oil with an emphasis on light and color. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  She has studied art under Nathan Madrid at SMU, Richard Scott Parker at Tarrant County College and continues to take classes and workshops.  Her work is in private and corporate collections in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and Michigan. After working as an accountant and raising two daughters, she began painting for family and friends and to support organizations that promote peace, human dignity, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She has donated proceeds from paintings to support  International Justice Mission, Rotary International Charities, City Square in Dallas, TX, Grace Community Relief in Grapevine, TX, White's Chapel UMChurch, the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth and other organizations. The ArtistMy goal in painting is to capture and communicate that intangible quality, the emotional undercurrent of a person, place or moment of exchange, the presence of which we have full knowledge, and for which we yearn but often miss in the moment.  To be able to create a connection with the viewer and among viewers through an impression and understanding of something resulting from viewing my painting is of paramount importance to me. Drawing on a design background of pattern construction, sewing, and weaving, I approach the creative process seriously, moving through the stages of observation, contemplation, identification, synthesis, translation and finally expression.  Through this, it is my hope that my work reflects a balance between this intense interest in the rhythms of life and a ‘joie de vivre’ light-heartedness. My technique includes oil paints and oil crayons, brush and palette knife, in a multilayered process achieving unity through patterns [...]

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