Born in 1970, Narrogin Western Australia.
Lori spent her early childhood on her family's farm at Yilliminning in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, and her early adult life jillarooing on the cattle station of her husband’s family, Wyloo, in the Pilbara, Western Australia. She now farms with her husband on their sustainable agricultural farming property in the south west of Western Australia, Boyup Brook, where her studio is located.
Lori is a nationally recognised artist, having been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. In 2021, she won the $50,000 Kilgour Art Prize at Newcastle Art Gallery. Lori has held 26 solo exhibitions and has been hung in more than 50 group shows.
“My art practice is an exploration of myself, my identity and placement within my family’s multifaceted history. It is illustrated directly from my responses to, and relationship with our landscape. Our family have had unbroken tenure with the Australian landscape since first settlement and it is this long generational connection and lived experiences in this environment that I draw from. I combine both the European and indigenous lineages of my family heritage to express ideas about identity and belonging, while exploring the complex history which is embedded in the remote region where I live.
The botanical elements in my work are used as a reflection of personal transformations. I link key positive personality traits of people with those found in the local flora as a way of expressing inner strengths. From them I have developed a distinctive language of flowers that has become a personal signature of my practice. The birds in my work either express aspects of myself or allegorise women in my family, past and present who have influenced my shaping.
My painting practice portrays my own personal journey and I hope to link people to narratives that reawaken their own life stories and transformations.”