Lori Earley grew up down the street from an amusement park in Rye, New York. She began drawing at a very young age, and was always intrigued by the unusual- a fascination that would become a trait in her art later on.
Lori received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, where she had studied with influential artists like Marshall Arisman and Steven Assael. She received numerous awards and scholarships while in school and was one of the few students in her graduating class to receive the Rhodes Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Her oil paintings are a unique combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of distortion. Their distortion is derived from her innate desire to render the world she feels as opposed to the world she sees before her. Often, the eyes are the primary focus of expression and every painting is a portrait of implicit emotion and mystery- though the message is never obvious. The figures she paints exist in their own esoteric realm and time, and each painting offers a glimpse into their anomalous world.