Lori with her three children, Claire, Shean and Cheyenne

Lori with her three children, Claire, Shean and Cheyenne

Artist Statement

The natural world inspires and fascinates me. I start with and believe in my instinctual response to a critter. Once I know what I want to draw, I think about the size and colors of the surface of the thick paper I use. It has to be able to take a lot of abuse because I never know my direction.

Although my vision is always ahead of my execution, sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Failure and uncertainty are just part of the process. I tear each piece of paper by hand to get exactly the size I’m looking for, then I start mixing gouache washes in colors I feel are compatible with the elements of the drawing. I usually rework the washes several times. As the paper dries, I decide whether I’m satisfied or should start new.

If I start again, the previous effort might still work for another piece. When I finally begin to draw, I always start with the head of the animal and I try to nail down the eyes as soon as possible. Early success makes me feel more confident to continue, as I always have doubts until the last whisker or feather is placed.

I concentrate on describing the various colors with as much light and shadow as possible, while still keeping the chroma (hues). Values (tonal contrasts) are sometimes sacrificed for color intensity. I never try the same color combination twice, yet because my style is fairly consistent, the works are cohesive. I use pastel pencils.

Every piece uses the classical principles I was taught, which are representative of rules discovered and disseminated during the renaissance. I am always completely absorbed in art making and it is sometimes difficult to come back to the reality of daily living.
— Lori Wallace-lloyd
Lori showing off

group exhibitions

2015-2015 Compass Gallery, Salem, OR
2013-2016 Fairweather Gallery, Seaside, OR
2013-2016 Marilyn Affolter Gallery, McMinnville, OR
2012 Dunedin Fine Art Center Faculty Show, Dunedin, FL
2012 Ruth Ekhert Hall, Clearwater, FL
2011-2012 Sterling Art Studios, Dunedin,FL
2002, 2009-12 Salon International, San Antonio, TX
2008 Portland Rose Festival, Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR
2003, 2004 Cannon Beach Artists Guild, Cannon Beach, OR
2003-2006 Annual Juried Show, Trails End Art Association, Gearhart, OR
2003 Lewis and Clark Exhibition, River Sea Gallery, Astoria, OR
2003 Faces , St Louis Art Guild, St Louis, MO
2002 Annual Juried Show, American Artist’s Professional League, New York, NY
2002-06 Best of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Lake of the Ozarks, MO
2002 Charlotte County Visual Art Association, Punta Gorda, FL
2001 Key West Art and Historical Society, Key West, FL
2001 Artists of the Wine Country , Guenoc Winery, Middletown, CA
2001 West Coast Society of Portrait Artists, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
2000 Salmagundi Club, New York City, NY
2000 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, New York City, NY

About Lori

Lori Wallace-Lloyd was born in Austin, Texas. Wallace-Lloyd joined the Navy at
17, becoming the first female helicopter aircrew member in 1977. Later, after
becoming an officer, she became fascinated by Italian painting, having been stationed
for 3 years in Sicily. Though she had a family and career she began the long road of
classical art training, eventually studying in the Bay area with several renowned
portraitists including Virgil Elliott. The rigorous atelier training built the skills
needed to produce the realist figurative work, for which she has won many awards,
including Grand prize at the Portland Rose Festival and Best of Show with the St
Louis Artist’s Guild.

Wallace-Lloyd’s work is complicated and involves many aspects. She strives to
convey emotion, yet not necessarily mainstream ideals of happiness. While still
inviting, the paintings of adolescent girls and women stare at us with reality, almost
daring us to question their femininity, their moodiness, their confidence. Sometimes
their expressions are at odds within the allegorical situations, which have historical
and modern context. Wallace-Lloyd frequently uses her daughters and their friends
as models, and describes herself as “constantly surrounded by the feminine expression
of life.” This gives her work the depth of intimacy and uses her art as a metaphor for
exploring our strong, yet fragile humanness.

Wallace-Lloyd frequently works in still life, one of her favorite subjects being roses
and other florals. She loves to combine flowers, pottery and other forms of nature,
and study the chiaroscuro effects.

Wallace-Lloyd’s master drawings convey a timeless sense of composition and
draftsmanship. She works in mixed media with pastel pencils as her main medium,
especially with another of her favorite subjects, birds of the world. She believes in
bringing attention to the habitat and climate changes many of our winged friends are

Lori painting


2010 MFA (Painting) Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
1987 BA Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL

Selected awards

2012 3rd Place, Oils, Springfield Mayor’s Show Springfield, OR
2008 Honorable Mention, Hilton Head Art Guild
2007 People’s Choice Award, Trails End Art Association
2006 Signature Member, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
2006 Grand Prize & 3rd place, Portland Rose Festival
2005 People’s Choice Award, 1st place & 2nd place, Trails End Art Association
2004 1st place, Trails End Art Association
2003 1st place, Trails End Art Association
2003 Best of Show, Viola Longmire Memorial Award, St Louis Art Guild
2002 Drawn From Life Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
2002 1st place, Claude Parsons Memorial Award, American Artists Professional League
2002 Juror’s Choice, Salon International
2001 Artists Annual Grant, Anne Mckee Art Fund
2001 1st place, 2nd place, West Coast Society of Portrait Artists

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Marilyn Affolter Gallery, McMinnville, OR
2014 Compass Gallery, Salem, OR
2011 Sterling Art Studios, Dunedin, FL
2006-10 Spring Unveiling , The Buttery, Cannon Beach, OR
2007 Oasis Art Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 Bits and Pieces, Sea of Change, Seaside OR
2002 Napa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Napa Valley, CA
2002 Featured Artist, Napa Valley Mozart Festival, Vi Situi Vineyard, St. Helena, CA
2002 Fort Zachary Taylor Museum, Key West, FL


Fort Zachary Taylor Civil War Museum, Key West, FL; Laura Donner; Robert Gustafson; Dr. Keith Scott