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Lori Mirabelli is an established Canadian Fine Artist.

She is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She studied Psychology and Visual Fine Arts at the University of Laurentian, and even though she wanted to pursue a career in fine art, she went on to work in the field of child welfare.

Despite her full-time career, she continued to nurture her love of abstract painting and in 2009, decided to relocate to Toronto, Canada to pursue a career as a fine artist. Currently, Lori resides in her Downtown, Toronto studio-loft. Lori works primarily with acrylic paint on canvas, however, she is known to work oil paints and cold wax as well. Her body of acrylic abstract paintings are comprised of strong bold lines and geometric form that is coupled with an emphasis on space. As an abstract artist, her specialty is creating large scale acrylic abstract paintings for homes, corporate offices, vacation properties and boutique businesses. In a few short years, Lori has grown and evolved as an accomplished fine artist.

Art collectors and Art dealers who follow her painting career say that Lori’s body of work is always evolving. Her acrylic abstract paintings are a reflection of her personal thoughts, emotions, struggles, and triumphs. A biographical visual novel perhaps might be a better way of explaining this. With each brushstroke she releases a part of herself cleaning and purging what is no longer necessary and opening herself up to what should have been. She does have abstract art for sale directly through her online Art gallery or you can always attend one of the Art galleries she is represented by.

What made you want to become a painter?

Lori: I knew I wanted to become a painter after I took a fine art painting course at University. That was the first time I had ever tried acrylic paints. I fell in love immediately. At the time I wasn’t doing abstract work. Our focus in that course was the Gresil Renaissance technique. I don’t know what it was about acrylics except that there was an instant connection, I felt as if I had been doing it my whole life. The professor who taught that course took a keen interest in me and made me promise him that once I graduated from University, that I would continue to pursue a career in the arts.  My degree was a major in psychology, not Fine Arts. I kept that promise, and that’s how I made it this far. I’m so very grateful for having met him.   He gave me confidence and the push I needed to believe a career as a painter was a possibility for me.

Can you remember an instance when you first knew you were a creative person? What were you doing?

Lori: Absolutely I can remember the moment when I realized that I was a creative person. I was probably about 8 or 9 years old. It was Christmas time and my aunt gave my sister and me color by number kit. I think it was a picture of deers.  It was really important for me to complete and I took my time to make sure it was perfect, making sure that I did the best job that I possibly could.  I remember getting a lot of enjoyment out of that.  I was very proud of that work, essentially, that was my first masterpiece. lol

How would you define your visual style?

Lori: I would define myself as an abstract artist with an intuitive sense. I focus on strong bold colors with mark making and sometimes geometric patterns coupled with an emphasis on space.

What are you inspired by? Where do you go for inspiration?

Lori: Gosh, I think the question should be what am I not inspired by? lol I would say that I use my fives senses and movement.  Music is extremely important to my process. I have to have music when I’m painting. I usually wear my headset so that the sound is clear and crisp and the outside world noises disappear, this helps me to enter some sort of an altered state where I can actually remove myself from the process of painting. It’s important to allow my Muscle memory and intuitiveness to come through, it helps me from overthinking the painting process.

What are some of the artists that you admire?

Lori: There are so many artists that I admire. Some of them would be Rothko, Motherwell, Clifford Still, C Y Twombley and Mark Bradford.

What is your personal motto or a quote that you like or live by?

Lori:  Work hard, play hard.

Can you take us through a little of your typical day?

Lori: A typical day for me starts out with a morning cup of coffee and doing a little bit of online marketing.  Typically, we’ll spend about one to two hours every day working on marketing. And my website. I think it’s important for us artists to remember that making art is important, but we also have to take the time to market ourselves. If you never think outside of your studio and the process of making art, being a great artist will only take you so far. I think we should always be dedicating a few hours a week to creating promotions, reaching out, and getting to know other artists, galleries, and improving your website.

What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?

Lori: I would say it’s a whole body of work.  I really enjoyed the process of coming up with the idea and then the creation of it.  It came about because I was asked to be the live artist in a musical production called Sunday in the Park with George, which was about the famous artist, George Seurat. I wanted to be able to merge George’s style with my own geometrical style and create something that would be unique pleasing to the eye. I practiced this style over and over while listening to the soundtrack of Sunday in the park with George. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, not to mention while I was in the l play listening to all of the actors singing the music live. They were incredibly talented and I was so honored to be a part of that experience.

What are you working on currently?

Lori:  Right now I’m going to be working on getting a body of work ready for the Toronto outdoor art fair. Unfortunate due to COVID-19, we aren’t able to have the Exhibition out in the community so we will be taking it online.  I’m also going to be working on preparing some online workshops.  I have been asked repeatedly about this for about the last year, so I thought it might as well be now since everybody is social distancing.

How can people follow your news?

Lori: I have lots of ways of how you can follow my news and my work.  You can subscribe on my website.

www.lorimirabelli.com To see my current art for sale and any upcoming shows, as well as, I am working on a blog.

You can also follow my work at the following accounts




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One Reply to “An Interview with Lori Mirabelli”

  1. Lori, I feel like I’ve bumped into my alter ego accidently on purpose as Jung would characterize it. So fortunate to have found you. I have been living with a 10′ x 4′ commissioned canvass that has been unresponsive and downright mean. Lol Seeing you work with the three huge canvasses made me feel quite the wimp. Anyway I am inspired. Thank you for being who you are and sharing. I am inspired to complete!

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