Mouth Stick Painting in Acrylics
"I love painting,
and it's one thing that will always come from my heart."
Lori grew up in Hemlock, Michigan, a farming
community near Saginaw, MI. She and her husband Joe now live in
Kalamazoo, MI. Like many disabled artists, Lori discovered her talents
surreptitiously. Born with arthrogryposis, Lori lost movement in
all of her limbs. And so at age 10, while looking for a way to occupy
her time, Lori began painting with her mouth, with an art kit her
mom bought her for Christmas. Soon Lori discovered her happiness
and special talent as a painter.
Lori is now a professional artist, accepting commissions for her
brilliantly colored paintings,done in acrylics. Lori incorporates
Pointillism into parts of her paintingsa style she executes
well and a medium particularly well suited to mouth artists. Lori
also has sold licenses to her paintings to greeting card companies
and she has made a career for herself in her chosen field.
In college, Lori pursued the more practical business major of accounting
and then pre-law, but she wasn't happy because she really wanted
to paint instead.
Lori's adaptive tool is a 99-cent back-scratcher! Lori picks up
her paper with it, turns on water, and carries her pet birds on
itonce she picks them up, they don't want to get down!
Joe, also disabled, is Lori's hands, helping her set up for painting.
Lori and Joe have been married for 11 years, after meeting through
their friend's wedding where Lori served as maid of honor and Joe
as best man.
Lori is also the president of her building's management board.
She and Joe handle rentals and other management of their building,
which houses seniors and people with disabilities.
Lori has just completed her autobiography; it can be purchased
on her Web site http://www.artbylori.net/me.html,
along with Lori's paintings. A grant from the Michigan Arts Council
in Kalamazoo will allow Lori to publish her book with greater distribution.
Another big part of Lori's life is her bird sanctuary of stranded
and disabled birds. She is up to seven birds now: a parrot with
a bad leg, Ruby-Lori's cockatiel with a bad attitude (doesn't get
along with her mate!), a finch, a canary, 2 parakeets, and a parrolette
(miniature parrot) with clubbed feet on the way. Lori adores her
birds and takes special care of them.
In summer, Lori makes up for being a winter shut-in by spending
as much time out in nature as she can. An especially nice paved
path nearby takes Lori and Joe through the woods and by a waterfall.
Lori draws her inspiration from nature and passes it on to us through