April Member of the Month: Lori Kallay

Posted on April 8th, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. Comments Off on April Member of the Month: Lori Kallay

Welcome to Member of the Month, a new feature on the Scarborough Arts website! Every month, we’ll be profiling a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts.com for more information.

Lori Kallay



Lori Kallay

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?

I have been a member for over four years.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it? 

I am a realist landscape artist, working mainly in acrylic and watercolour. I have been creating art since I was a child, but ventured into the professional world in 2005.

Tell us about the piece we’re featuring today.

This painting [Sunrise Bonding] has special meaning to me. It was inspired by a photo my daughter took on a beautiful, early, and cold autumn morning on the lake at our cottage. My daughter was working on a project for her photography class and I went with her on her photo shoot. The imagery was hauntingly beautiful and the time spent together was a moment we each cherish. So, while she captured our time together through her art form (photography), I expressed our experience through painting. When I see this work, I still feel the chill in the air and the warm cup of tea in my hands. I remember our excitement at the sublime beauty of the mists and reflections and the wonderfully creative moments we shared that morning.

Sunrise Bonding, 20” x 24” acrylic on canvas

Sunrise Bonding, 20” x 24” acrylic on canvas

Where is your favourite place in Scarborough to go for inspiration?

I would have to say that is Doris McCarthy’s Fool’s Paradise. I visited on an “Open Door” event and felt inspiration in every inch of her home and property. To see her studio and that brilliant view of the lake was a moving experience for me. Her talent, tenacity, and willingness to help other artists embodied, in my mind, what the artist experience should be all about. I visit there when I can or take the trail down to the lake and peer up at her home and feel a wondrous sense of beauty. I was even fortunate enough to reciprocate her philosophy by giving art instruction at Fool’s Paradise for Doors Open 2013. I am sure Doris would have approved!

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve ever gotten?

That is a difficult question, as I am completely self-taught. I think perhaps it came from one of my first commissions for a large 5’ x 9’ painting when my client told me, “Not only are you extremely talented but you also show professionalism and perseverance. Everything you need to succeed!” I think at that moment, I knew I was really able to have the confidence to call myself an artist, and say it with pride.  I have been moving forward ever since!

To learn more about Lori’s work, visit her website

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