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Lori Schappe-Youens

Lori Schappe-Youens

As a painter, I express my every whim, desire, dread or bit of angst through the combining of colour, texture and imagery-ontyo my substrate.

In 1994 I moved to South Afrida.  I grew there as a woman and an artist.  It changed me in ways that I am only now, twenty years later - beginning to fully comprehend.  In 2012 I moved back to America, to my home state of Wisconsin.  The culture shock was as difficult coming 'home' to the states as it was in my early years of settling in Africa.  I am a woman of two countries, of two homes - both which hold parts of my heart in equal measure.  When I am on one continent, I long for the other.  I don't know if I will ever make sense of it all, but through my work Ican express that ever present longing.

I am an intuitive painter, my inflences are a combination of the physical world around me, the landscape, the animals, the people-but also the spiritual world which hovers in and around all of this and somehow gives credence into somethng deeper.  I have also found that havinga sense of humor is imperative to surviving on this wild planet, and that humor presents itself throughout my work just when I  Ieast expect it to.  I often only understand what one of my paintngs is about, upon completion and step back and take the time to view it from afar.

It's a good life, it's a good ride and  I feel honored to be an artist, every single day.