Lori Smolin

Artists Open Studio Dates:

Dec. 7, 8

Artists Open Studio Dates:

Group Show: Ashford: Old Warrenville Post Office
Show Information: Dec. 7 & 8
20 Pompey Hollow Rd.
Ashford, CT, 06278

Lori Smolin has been painting watercolors for about 30 years. She spent a year living in England in 2001-2002 and in 2011-2012 she returned to the UK for a year in Scotland where she and her husband spent almost every weekend on their bicycles, exploring and photographing the countryside from Edinburgh to the Orkneys. They continue to go back every year to bicycle in different parts of the UK. She draws much of her subject matter from these travels as well as from trips to a number of other countries and adventures in Connecticut and rest of the US. 

Lori is a member of the Art Guild Northeast, the Tolland County Art Association, and the Windham Regional Arts Council. She displays her work in shows sponsored by these organizations and at other local art exhibits. Her watercolors have won awards in the Academic Artists Association’s National Exhibition of Traditional Realism, the Red Thread Network Annual Art Show, and the Tolland County Art Associations Annual Open Art show.

Lori continues to tuck a camera in her cycling jersey so she can bring home new images to paint.

Artist Statement:
My watercolor paintings are inspired by the sights I see as I pedal my bicycle across Connecticut and in other parts of the country and the world. Starting with photos ranging from African fauna (not taken from a bicycle) to Connecticut stonewalls, English cottages, and the Scottish countryside I create pencil sketches and then bring them to life with color and shadow. Painting a scene carries me back to when and where the photo was taken and my mind becomes relaxed and free, similar how it feels when I am riding my bike. Since many of my photos are from Scotland, the weather provides both an inspiration and a challenge. On some days the dark stormy skies contrast with the brilliant green hills and purple heather, and on others the clouds obscure the sun so I must create shadows in my painting where the camera saw none. Working on a challenging painting is like reading a good book: I don't ever want it to end.

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