Lori Simon is originally from Birmingham, Michigan. She received her art training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.
Initially, Lori studied ceramics and the sculptural aspects of clay. She built large ceramic sculptures, boxes, and platters with unusual surfaces and textures. She ‘painted’ these sculptures with wide swaths of colors using large brushes, and poured and overlaid glazes to achieve a painterly surface.
She became inspired by the Abstract Expressionist movement, which led to the use of those same techniques in her large abstract paintings on canvas, reflecting her reactions to emotions, music, and landscape. In Lori’s paintings on paper, she explores a smaller scale, using more subtle gestures, light brushwork, and ink washes to create a more intimate and contemplative experience.
Lori’s paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida at galleries and museums, and was featured in the film documentary, ‘The Observer and the Observed’, at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival. Her artwork is in private collections across the United States and corporate collections in Florida, Illinois, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Lori currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida where she is an active member of the arts community.