Lori Faye Bock's paintings of birds and animals speak to the heart and soul. She declares her affection for the animal world with wit, lively color, and jaunty poses, striking a responsive chord in the viewer who can't fail to recognize the truth in her images.
The artist says, "Knowing animals and caring for them is one of life's joys. Even the most ordinary-seeming animals are truly extraordinary and give us so much. My art reflects my life." Bock and her husband live in an 18th-century adobe on a riverside farm near Abiquiú, New Mexico, where they delight in the company of a small flock of sheep, cats and dogs.
Lori Faye Bock was born in Detroit and credits supportive parents, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a scholarship to The Center for Creative Studies College of Art & Design with her pursuit of a career in art where she studied ceramics.
Later, Bock received her Bachelors in Elementary Education and taught in the Watts area of Los Angeles while producing hand-painted ceramic art, often with animal imagery.
In the late eighties, Bock moved to Santa Fe and opened a studio and gallery on Gypsy Alley, an artist’s haven off historic Canyon Road. Longing for the rural life, she and her husband purchased their property in the agricultural community of Los Silvestres north of Abiquiú and proceeded to acquire their menagerie. In 1994, they founded the Abiquiú Studio Tour.
After working in clay for over twenty years, Bock began painting her images on paper, Baltic birch, and canvas, continuing to portray her beloved animals. Already successful as a ceramicist, she found a ready acceptance for her paintings among collectors at a gallery on Canyon Road where her work has been represented once 1997. Her creative contributions to PetSmart Charities, the ASPCA, and the American Humane Society to promote the humane and kind treatment of animals are well known nationally to individuals with companion pets.
Lori Faye Bock’s work has the whimsy of a Klee and the color and detail of a Matisse. Her paintings deftly capture the essence of their subjects with a dash of irony, humor and often, poignancy. Her reward comes, she says, when the joy she feels in portraying her animal subjects is communicated to those who see her paintings.
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