My name is Lori-Lyn.
I am a writer and a painter.
I drink a lot of coffee.
My sun and moon are in Aquarius, I’m an INFP, enneagram 4, and an Episcopalian.
I love salt water, starry skies, fire pits, and road trips (as long as I don’t have to drive.)
I was born a hopeless romantic in a small town in Kentucky, the day after Valentine’s Day, beneath a waning crescent moon.
sensitivity is a gift
I was one of those super sensitive kids, you know the kind - I hated fireworks and crowds and gym class. One year when my entire class went to the high school haunted house, I stayed alone in the band room practicing my flute because I couldn’t fathom allowing myself to be scared on purpose.
My family story was heavy on the anxiety and worry, but also imagination and creativity.
It took a while, but later in my life, I realized the sensitivity I’d thought of as a liability was actually a gift.
I realized I had a guiding lantern in the center of my heart called my intuition.
I realized my heart was intelligent, that if I listened to it, it would show me the way…
miracles can be subtle
After college, where I studied art, I moved the New York City, where I didn’t know anyone and had no idea what I would do. I was hoping for a whole new life, for some gigantic miraculous thing to happen.
I ended up living there for about ten years and earning my master of fine arts degree in fiction writing.
I also became a believer in angels and devotee of Mary, the Mother and Mary Magdalene (because basically, they saved me.)
Still looking for something I couldn’t name, I moved back to Kentucky, to the small city where I still live with my partner, Tracy, who is a photographer, musician, and restorer of old houses.
We have two pugs and three nieces and we love them fiercely.
With all my living on the East Coast, I’ve always secretly (and not so secretly) believed Southern California is my spiritual home.
Tracy feels the same way, but we haven’t lived there…yet.
God keeps sending boats
In my life, I’ve worked a variety of jobs from library assistant to after school teacher to set-up artist to editorial assistant at a college publication, but none ever seemed exactly right to me. I had a sense that there was something missing, that I was meant to do something I wasn’t doing.
I was on a perpetual search for meaning and purpose.
I studied intuitive development and Reiki healing.
I considered going to massage therapy school.
Many times I wondered if I’d missed my boat, if that big miraculous thing I was hoping for was simply never going to come.
Then, I started painting again.
My mission is love
Even though I had gotten pretty good at baking cupcakes, it had been some years since I’d made art, and I missed it because it was an essential part of me.
One cold snowy January day, I decided to step up to the canvas again.
It was an emotionally heavy place to be at first, but things began to change.
Slowly, I came into alignment with the sacred feminine, and my true self.
I called back pieces of myself that had been lost or forgotten.
I remembered who I was - and I don’t mean that I remembered I was an artist.
I remembered I was beloved.
I remembered that I really am here on this planet for a reason.
I remembered my mission of love.
I remembered that if something was true or good or right for me, it would feel good in my heart.
Your heart shows you the way
I learned that sometimes miracles are subtle.
I learned that my intuition is holy and will never lead me astray.
I paint as spiritual devotion
I paint because art heals - both making it and viewing it.
That’s why I also paint for you.
I also write, sometimes romance.
And I hold space for co-creative conversation.
I love to meet with you
You can view my work an educational experience here.
You can see my recent artwork here.
I send a Love Letter now and then.
I have a wild, devoted heart
I am learning more and more every day to allow myself to be seen.
I can help you be seen, too.
You made it all the way to the bottom of this page and I love you.
If you think you might want to work with me, but you're not sure, let's talk.
If you're interested in hosting a retreat or workshop or have questions about a prayer- please drop me a line.
Unless otherwise marked, most paintings are for sale and can be delivered in the Lexington area, or shipped in the U.S.
If a painting speaks to you - I want you to have it.
I look forward to hearing from you.