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Lori Garner Portrait

Lori Garner is an entirely self-taught artist. She started drawing as a toddler—in fact at age two and a half she created a recognizable drawing of Mickey Mouse. She worked entirely in graphite until discovering the medium of colored pencil in 1997.

As a fine artist, Lori has exhibited and won awards in international and national juried art competitions. Her work has been exhibited in major art galleries across the United States.  Lori has also been published in art books and magazines and one drawing graces the cover of a prayer book currently being used by missionaries in South America.

Lori has also been awarded Signature Status from the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). Signature Status is awarded to active members who have been accepted into the international show three times within 10 years. This entitles them to use the initials "CPSA" after their name. Lori has also received her five year Merit Award. The Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding artists juried into a five CPSA international shows.  She is currently working on the 10 year merit award, with 9 acceptances under her belt--one more to go!

In 2015 Lori was also awarded Signature Status from CPSA for working with colored pencils incorporated with other mediums in their online juried exhibition, "Explore This!" earning the initials "CPX."

Lori loves experimenting using different techniques, papers, pencils and styles, but with each piece she strives to create a drawing that tells a story, or one that evokes a feeling or invites the viewer to take a closer look.

Lori’s offers this view of her art: “I don’t just love to draw, I need to draw. It is both my joy and my spiritual release. When I am not at the drawing board physically creating art, I am thinking about creating art. Ideas for drawings are in limitless supply because I see art all around me. With objects or nature I see things in colors, values, patterns, shapes, reflected light, and shadows. With people, I see art in facial expressions, in a glance, a gesture, an interaction, a conveyance of mood, a fleeting, seemingly inconsequential moment in life that I feel compelled to convey. Drawing provides me a tangible means to offer up my inner visions to the viewer.”

Mickey Mouse by Lori Garner, age 2
 

 

RESUME:

SOLO EXHIBITION

2012   DSD Gallery, Denton, TX

JURIED EXHIBIIONS:

2015

Colored Pencil Artist and Lovers Featured Artist online competition
The Colored Pencil Society of America 23nd Annual Exhibition, The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 11 Online Juried Exhibition
Visual Arts Society of Texas Exhibition, UNT on the Square Gallery, Denton, TX

2014

The Old Court House Figurative League, “Real People,”  The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL
The Colored Pencil Society of America 22nd Annual Exhibition, Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, Ormond Beach, FL.
The Oxide Gallery, Denton, TX
The Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 10 Online Juried Exhibition

2013

The Colored Pencil Society of America 21st Annual Exhibition, The City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California
The Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 9 Online Exhibition
The Old Court House Figurative League, “Real People,”  The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL
The Oxide Gallery at Banter, Denton, TX

2012 

The Colored Pencil Society of America 20th Annual Exhibition, The Carnegie Visual & Performing Art Center, Covington, KY

2011

The Colored Pencil Society of America 19th Annual Exhibition, The Charles W. Eiseman Center, Dallas, TX

2010

Colored Pencil Society of America 18th Annual Exhibition, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA
CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition, The Charles W. Eiseman Center, Dallas, TX

2009 

The Colored Pencil Society of America 17th Annual Exhibition, Hudgens Art Center, Duluth, GA
CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition, Keller, TX

2008

The Colored Pencil Society of America 16th Annual Exhibition, The Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA
CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition, The Charles W. Eiseman Center, Dallas, TX

2007

The Colored Pencil Society of America 15th Annual Exhibition, The Mansion at Strathmore Galleyr, Bethesda, MD
CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition , 14th Street Gallery, Plano, TX

2006

The Colored Pencil Society of America 14th Annual Exhibition, EXPO New Mexico Fine Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
"The Figure in Colored Pencil.” Colored Pencil Competition, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

2003

The Colored Pencil Society of America 11th Annual Exhibition, The City of Brea Gallery, Brea/Los Angeles, CA 

AWARDS:

2015  Claude Cheek Memorial Award, Visual Arts Society Exhibition
2015  Colored Pencil Artist and Lovers, Featured Artist, August 2015, Expert Category
2015  Signature Status Award: Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! (CPX)
2014   Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit, Colored Pencil Society of America 22nd Annual Exhibition
2013   Artistic Merit Award, The Old Court House Figurative League, "Real People"
2011   Five Year Merit Award, Colored Pencil Society of America
2010   Second Place Award in show: CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition
2009   Second Place: Portraits: CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition
2008   First place Award: Category: Portraits: CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition
           Signature Status Award, Colored Pencil Society of America
2007   Second Place Award: Category, “Portraits:” CPSA District Chapter 215 Annual Exhibition
2006   Second Place Award; “The Figure in Colored Pencil,” Dunedin Fine Arts Center colored pencil competition
           First place Award: Member's show From My Perspective online colored pencil magazine  

PUBLICATIONS:

Kullberg, Ann, CP Treasures, Volume III, CreateSpace Publishing, December 2014
"Cover" CP Colored Pencil Artists Magazine, November 2012.
"Signature Showcase." CP Colored Pencil Artists Magazine, February 2012, page 15.
Curnow, Vera. Colored Pencil Society of America, Signature Showcase. Eugene, Oregon, Cranedance Publications, 2010.
"Cover", Cristo en El Antiquo Testmento en Espanol, Volume 1, Abide in Christ Publications, 2003.

CPArtist_Cover SignatureShowcase Cover Cristo CP Treasures


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