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Lori Tews

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For as long as she can remember, Lori has loved drawing, painting, writing, playing piano, singing, etc. Art, in all its forms, has always been fascinating to her.

She has been a lettering artist for over 10 years. While her college degree is in accounting, while working as a K-12 substitute teacher, she found her way back to her first love, art.

Combining words with paint and texture and conveying the feeling of those words on canvas, paper, walls, drums, etc. has fascinated her. She has also ventured into writing her own thoughts down and expressing them with calligraphy, color, and form as well.

She offers thanks to the many wonderful instructors that she has studied with--several of whom were former scribes to Queen Elizabeth II. Carl Rohrs, Peter Thornton, Louise Grunewald, Julian Waters, Glen Epstein, and Charles Pearce have had a huge influence on me. She has continued to study this art form and its rules, learning when and how to break them. Contemporary German and Belgian calligraphy also inspires her. It's funky and full of energy.

Her favorite creations involve presenting thought-provoking quotes, verses, and other text using a variety of mediums that pull the viewer in, inviting her/him to read what is present on the surface, think deeper, and perhaps question her/his way of thinking or perceiving the world, and in the process, broaden their perspective. That, in a nutshell, is the goal of her art: to encourage growth in tolerance, appreciation, wisdom, and happiness - though sometimes it's simply to entertain!

Lori ventured into interior design with the remodel of an automotive business in Mankato. It was redone in a retro-style with old LP records, vintage car parts for shelves, etc.


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