I knew Lori - she was my next door neighbor in Merced, California for several years. Her kids played with mine and we were good friends. When she moved farther out in the country we kept in touch. Lori was a very gentle, natural and earthy mom and person. She loved her boys very much and was very nurturing. She would stay up all night painting. I remember one day she came over and told me she couldn't find her youngest son, Dustin. He was probably about 2 or 3 years old. We searched the neighborhood and finally called the police. He was in her bed down under the covers the whole time.
Lori never had a lot of money and I think that inspired her creativity. Her house in the country had walls papered with aluminum foil for warmth and oil on canvas paintings that covered an entire wall in the dining room. She was an animal lover and adopted my son's pet rat and let it run loose in her house. It lived in her dishwasher (which didn't work) and kept a stash of found objects there. She told a funny story about hearing a ka-thump noise and realizing it was the rat trying to force a potato into the dishwasher.
I attended one of her early shows at Merced College. I could never afford her paintings but I admired them very much. I often kick myself as they were really relatively affordable back then. She also illustrated calendars and greeting cards. She would loan me paintings to hang in my living room. She painted an abstract and Brett gave it to me one Christmas. We lost touch when I moved to Ohio and I was sad to hear about her death. I was told that her oldest son, Cody, has a collection of her paintings. Anyone wishing to contact me about Lori can send me an email at [email protected]
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