LORI DANIELS - Artist Autobiography
Color and design have always fascinated me. As a first grader in a Wisconsin parochial school, I was disciplined by the nuns for eating my crayons and gazing out the window looking at the trees. Art class was the high point of my young life. If I was a "good girl" all week, art class would be doled out to "dreamers" like me on Friday afternoon. There were never enough Friday afternoons. Many decades later, I still want to know what certain colors taste like and a great love of nature runs through all my creations. I eat, breathe and smell color.
Marcel Duchamp, Mondrian and Klimt have all inspired my work. The first time I saw Louise Nevelson on the Tonight Show in the 1970's, she immediately became my role model. Whether due to her sense of fashion or her philosophy on art, she was the artist I most aspired to be like. It was her use of the "found object" to create massive sculptural creations that caught and kept my interest.
My working class parents could barely afford to send me to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for my first year of college. All the art awards I had previously won in elementary and high school made me a perfect candidate for an art major. My undergraduate art degree was finally secured many years later at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. During the years in between, I attended Highland Community College and Rockford College. The more education I get, the more I want. A master's degree in sculpture is part of my life plan for the next few years. When I'm not painting, I'm writing and reading - usually poetry and nonfiction.
It seems through the many years I have always been circling what I do today as a profession. I have been a graphic designer, visual merchandiser, interior designer, garden designer, antique furniture restorer and antique dealer.
Thirty years of collecting antique ceiling tin has afforded me the opportunity of turning antique architectural salvage into a new and different art form for future generations. I also plain on writing a book about the history and styles of antique ceiling tin. It was in 1997 that I had my "Oh Moment" and the birth of this unique type of art became available to purchase. Each piece created is truly "one of a kind" along with it's history and building location. As I started painting and selling my tin creations, the demand of more unusual ceiling tin art in flat and collage designs far surpassed my ability to produce it. A respect and love the of the past fuels my goal of preserving it for more art lovers to come.
My talent has always been a great blessing, not to be squandered. Blessings need to be passed on. A fair amount of my art is donated to worthwhile causes. 2006 was the year my art was accepted by several major art galleries. Today my art is exhibited in many locations across the U.S.
The art before you has brought me great joy to create. My wish is that it brings you the same joy and pleasure for years to come.
Most Sincerely Love,