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Lori Parish

Artist Bio

Lori was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario then moved through suburbia and rural Eastern Ontario and now resides in beautiful Kingston.

Lori has been creative her whole life, always colouring, drawing and constructing her own Barbie houses as a youngster and then expressing herself through gardening, gourmet cooking, decorating and of course painting. Sadly she was discouraged from a full time art career by her mother and Lori went into accounting and office work for many years and then returned to college to become a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2015 Lori became a full-time artist, although she has been creating and selling her paintings since 2003.

As is so common with many artists, Lori has struggled with depression since her teenage years however painting has helped assuage these feelings. Lori considers herself an ambivert who enjoys a great deal of quality time on her own, yet she likes to engage with others who have common interests and are gentle kindred spirits. Lori feels a deep resonance with Buddhism and Eastern culture. Oddly enough, though she appreciates the simplicity and large white-space in much Asian art, Lori is driven to create bold and colourful works thus far in her career.

Most of Lori’s paintings come from her mind’s eye, from an intuition or a knowing. Many are completely spontaneous, yet are revisited several times until she is happy with the outcome. One of her favourite quotes about this process is “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” (Scott Adams).

Lori looks forward to a long and evolving career in the arts.