Lori Baratta is a decorative and fine art, painter and illustrator, with over 270 published designs. Her appreciation for art started as a child, when her mother would take her to art galleries, both at home at during their travels. Her paintings & illustrations reflect many assorted themes of family, friends, animals, holidays, & ancient cultures & fantasy. Her subject matter runs the gamut from realistic landscapes to mythical fantasy. Almost all of the antique items seen in her lifesize realistic paintings still lifes can be found in her home, such as baskets, quilts, pewter, stoneware & even the flowers & vegetables picked fresh from her own gardens. Her fantasy & mystical designs are inspired by her love and respect for Nature and a quick walk around the rural area in which she lives, no matter what season, can easily spark ideas.
Her art has graced the covers of magazines, catalogs & book covers, & is licensed to companies, who offerher designs on a diverse array of products; all the way from cross stitch patterns & ceramic tiles to T-shirts & Note Cards. The products & giftware bearing her images are available in specialty stores nationwide & are also available through her own company. She also runs a program through her fine art business, donating a portion of proceeds from commissions, to help benefithomeless & injured animals awaiting adoptions, in no kill animal shelters. She has also written several published, instructional “How To Paint” projects for art & craft magazines.
Basically self-taught, she originally started painting in acrylics on wood & later took courses in watercolour & oils, while also studying the techniques of pen & ink, pencils, pastels & gouache, finding a whole new world working in mixed media. By experimenting & combining methods & materials, there never seems to be a loss of excitement or lack of ideas, only sometimes a lack of time. Her commercial work has been reviewed favorably, in national trade publications & her commissioned portraits reside in private homes and in public and governmental collections.
Lori currently works and resides in an historic home on a scenic mountain, surrounded by several acres of land, complete with flower and vegetable gardens, a running stream, pond and woods, with her husband and assorted animals, in rural upstate New York. Her home and life have been featured in a variety of decorating magazines, including Early American life, Early Homes, Country Sampler along with the holiday decorating book "And the Stockings Were hung" by author Judy Condon.
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