Meet Lori Faye Bock’s colorful cast of creatures
Anyone who has owned a pet can attest that animals possess personalities all their own. With the raise of an eyebrow, the lift of a head, the sound of a sigh, they communicate. Sometimes it is hunger, sometimes it is annoyance, sometimes it is mischief, and sometimes it is total, unconditional love. Lori Faye Bock’s ability to convey the range of emotion of our closest animal friends, be they sleeping on the foot of your bed or grazing in a pasture, is truly remarkable.
Her imaginative depictions sketch out the distinct personalities of her subjects in bold colors and whimsical surroundings. Whether she is portraying sheep, cats, dogs, or birds, her paintings restore in even the most serous and cynical adults a sense of child-like wonder.
“In the beginning, surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dogs and sheep, whose eyes just don’t ever leave me alone — ever — there was no doubt in my mind what subject matter I was to paint,” she says. “So I painted and painted and painted … animals.”
A Room with a View
Her windowscapes series finds joy in the simplest household items. In spoons, and tables, and chairs, and household plants, she uncovers something fresh. Her paintings reveal in these common items an uncommon beauty.
“Household objects, both ordinary and extraordinary, intrigue me,” she
says. “I believe my windowscapes evolved so that I can have animals and landscapes along with those wonderful domestic inventions — all in one painting!”
Back to Basics
In her ABC series, she is also able to connect with the child’s sense of awe and wonder at the greater world, elevating simple objects to a greater purpose.
“My years as a first grade teacher have no doubt influenced my ABC series,” she says. “Besides being able to paint anything in the whole wide world as long as it begins with a letter of the alphabet, I get to write text, which accompanies my illustrations. Sometimes these words are funny. Sometimes they are serious. Sometimes they are mine and sometimes I borrow from others.”
Lori lives with her husband on a farm just outside of Abiquiu, in northern New Mexico. The creatures she finds on her land, whether they are in the household, on the farm, or in the wild, feed her imagination and provide rich fodder for her work.
“Being able to vanish into my studio, thus into my own little world, day in and day out, is truly a tremendous gift and blessing,” she says. “And the best thing about being an artist is that I get to go to work in my pajamas, with a cup of tea in hand, followed by a host of darling faces who just happen to have whiskers.”
Her latest series is titled Women’s Perspectives and explores, through imagery and words, the inner lives of women.
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