The garments of our lives—they choose us, they flatter us. Maybe their hems sag a little, yet they enliven us. They feel like our friends. Lori Faye takes these raiments, these special garments, one step further. Skirts and shirts become canvases.
Lori Faye’s skirt paintings have a common theme—joy. They bring cheer and a light touch, yet, on a second or third look, they engage the eye with color, texture and detail. Surfaces intrigue Lori Faye. So do pithy quotations and calligraphy. These elements come together, creating a whole that is highly original and always enchanting.
The skirt paintings defy classification. How to measure the fun of folk art and the elegance of a Chinese scroll in the context of the feminine mystique? Add a mythical dimension and the paintings work on another level. Birds become messengers. Positive symbols abound. Bright and subtle colors draw one near, and one stays to read the handwriting on the wall and muse over a piquant saying, a bird’s cryptic gaze or a flower’s promise.
Her paintings have a mosaic like aesthetic. As a colorist, she reaches for ever more pure and satisfying color, achieving a stained glass window effect with a folk art vision. Her muse reveals itself in each square laid out like a stepping stone in a garden. One can revel in the color-splashed whole of the painting, then linger on a portion of it with its fun and wisdom.
The magic happens on Baltic Birch with acrylic paint, collage, and a variety of art materials and techniques under the sure hand of a lifelong artist. Lori Faye gathers inspiration from her life, her farm, her animal friends, and her muse. She delights in exploration and pushing her art to a higher level.
– Charlotte Berney, Former Editor, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine