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.
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.
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.