“To feel the essence of place and embrace all the senses awakened by a natural moment. That is my passion; that is why I create art” www.lorikallay.com
Lori has had a life-long passion for art and has been fortunate enough in her life to pursue this passion. She is a self-taught artist and grew up spending summers and weekends year-round in the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario. This has had a profound influence on her art. Lori remains loyal to the area with a studio at her cottage.
Working mainly in acrylics and watercolour, Lori’s purpose is to take you, the viewer to a different place. Through a passionate attention to detail, she aspires to allow you to feel the breeze or the coolness of the water; to smell the fresh air and hear the wind and gain a sense of calm and sublime intimacy with the place by feeling that you are, indeed within the subject of her work. Awareness of a fragile environment is established through the intimate connection that she creates between you and the image.
Lori is a strong believer in giving back and as such, she volunteered as an illustrator for her cottage association's newsletter for 9 years creating pen & ink illustrations for both the cover and articles within the newsletter. This was a great opportunity for her to really explore her cottage surroundings and present the images to her fellow cottagers in an artistic manner. Lori also volunteered at her local elementary school for 20 years providing art instruction to students from grade 1 to 8. Lori’s efforts were recognized by the Toronto District School Board by creating the “Lori Kallay Visual Arts Award” for the school she worked in.
Lori has also been in publications such as the “Artists of Algonquin” with a forward written by Robert Bateman and gifted to the Prime Minister of Canada as well as the “Artists of Haliburton Highlands”. She also has written many articles for her current gallery “Martello Alley” and exhibitions such as Froid’Art 2015 and 2016 and Jardin’Art 2015.
Her work is available through Martello Alley and her web site.
You can see her work here.