by Lori Earley
Lori Earley's oil paintings are a combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of distortion. This distortion comes from her innate desire to transform her emotions into tangible planes that express what she feels, not what she sees. Painting has always been a means of self-expression for her. Therefore, she paints because she must, not necessarily because she wants to. Subconsciously or not, the figures she paint are a reflection of herself and whatever mood she is in at the time, so every painting is in essence a self-portrait. Each mood is distinct, ranging from subliminal, cryptic expressions to more cognitive states of being and the eyes of her subjects are often the primary focus of expression.
Lori's work is a fusion of personal experiences and influences - moody atmospheres, Victorian-inspired couture, and timeless elements all laced with clandestine symbolism. The figures she paints exist in their own esoteric realm and time, and each painting offers a glimpse into their anomalous world.
You can find more of Lori's work at her website, LoriEarley.com.