“My process begins with hiking nearby trails with a sketchbook at hand and a camera in my pocket. Once home I work up small thumbnails focusing on design and value before beginning the painting that I hope will capture a bit of the scenery that moved me.”
Lori Korkola comes from a creative family and has always had a pencil in hand for drawing. Lori grew up in northwestern Ontario, its landscape inspires and moves her. She looks for scenery that creates a response in me and hints at her northern background. She spends time in the early process by creating thumbnail sketches, which allows her to confidently begin the painting process with a good idea of composition and color plan. Lori loves contrast and color, and that interest can be seen in her paintings.
Lori holds an Honours BFA from U of T and trained to be a secondary school art teacher at UBC. Currently, Lori teaches visual arts at a high school in Whitby, Ontario. A major accomplishment for Lori came the year she turned 50 when she challenged herself to complete 50 paintings over the course of the year.