Lori Heckelman
   
Lori Heckelman
A native of California, Lori grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in the visual arts fro an early age. She studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and Diablo Valley College before graduating from California State University at Sacramento where she received a degree in Fine Art. While attending college, Lori worked as an apprentice for a technical illustrator and after graduation established her own freelance illustration and graphic art service. After leaving California she lived in Utah for 25 years before moving to North Carolina in 2007. Lori creates landscape paintings as well as commissioned animal portraits in her studio in Tryon, North Carolina. She works primarily in oils. Her contemporary Southwestern inspired landscapes blend powerful content with intense color and light. Her intimate animal portraits capture each subject's unique spirit. Her paintings have been exhibited in area galleries and are in private collections through out the United States.

"My art is deeply influenced by the colors,land forms and cultures of the American Southwest. My imagery draws from that landscape as well as from the spiritual connection I feel with it. I love the bright colors and rich earth tones of the western landscape. I often use the images of horses to not only establish scale but also as a symbol that embodies what I perceive to be the essence, spiritually and physically of the American West. The white "spirit" horses in my work are horses that I have known and have passed and they often appear in a painting when I least expect it.

The ladder image that is present in some of my work is also a very compelling image to me. It is a visual representation of a spiritual journey, of the connection between the earth and the vast expanse of sky, a bridge between two worlds.

I paint in oil because it gives me the freedom to let a painting develop gradually, to make changes as I go and let the work become what it wants to be. I usually start with a memory or with an image that reminds me of somewhere i have been From there I keep working, painting, removing, and paiinting again until I have created my own imaginary landscape with a solid sense of place.

177 Jervey Rd.
Tryon, NC