My name is Lori-Lyn.
I'm a writer and a painter.
I write about things like making art, living a creative life, the sacred feminine, self-care, spirituality, and being who you came into the world to be.
And I paint prayers - yours and mine.
My mission is to help create a world where we each feel free to honor our voice, make the art of our soul, and speak the truth of our heart;
where the peaceful lead the way, love is our compass, kindness is our language, and mercy is our guide.
I believe this world exists.
When we create, we dream with God; we dream our world into being.
I believe art heals because it reminds us of our wholeness and our sacred nature and our inherent beauty.
When we create, we remember ourselves as beloved.
I believe it is time for us to do the work of love.
It’s time to heal our relationship to ourselves, one another, and the Mother Earth.
Now is the time to recognize feminine wisdom and shift away from fear into the arms of mercy and compassion.
(Here's my manifesto.)
I'm an Episcopalian with a deep respect of other religions, practices and paths.
For me, religion and spiritual practice is about open-heartedness, exploration, and expansion; trusting in love; allowing love to revolutionize everything.
I embrace mystery and know that God is love.
I practice a Marian devotion and walk with Mary Magdalene.
I’m a person of strong faith and open mind; spiritual and religious; willing to listen and to explore.
I'm a native Kentuckian who spent my twenties in New York City.
I spend two or three weeks every summer in Oxford, England.
I make my home in the Bluegrass region with my partner Tracy, who is a musician, photographer, and restorer of old houses.
We live in Central Kentucky, but our spiritual home is Southern California - specifically, Los Angeles; more specifically, Hollywood; Laurel Canyon, if you want to get really specific.
I’m a homebody who also dreams about traveling around the country in an Airstream.
Tracy and I met in collage, were friends for a long time, and have been a couple for sixteen years.
We live with our two pugs, Woody and Rocky.
We don't have children, but we have three beloved nieces.
At one point in my life, I wanted to be an actress. (I still sometimes think of writing, producing, and starring in a one-woman show.)
I love to build altars and create sanctuaries and shift energies.
I love to make things beautiful.
My undergraduate degree is in studio art, I have an MFA in fiction writing, and I study theology.
I have worked in the fields of energy healing and intuition, and still consider the domain of my work to be healing, but I have always been, primarily, a maker of things and found a calling in the studio.
If you're wondering why I call myself a prayer painter, I wrote an explanation here.
You can commission a painting here.
I was born on a waxing crescent moon the day after Valentine’s Day.
My sun and moon are in Aquarius with Capricorn rising.
I’m an INFP and a 4 on the Enneagram.
I’m a little bit stubborn and slightly impatient.
I require a lot of alone time and I am terrible at small talk, but I’m good at deep talk.
My favorite thing to do with people I love is sit around a candlelit table with champagne and appetizers...for hours. In this scenario, I’m probably wearing leopard print pajamas or a kimono.
I’ve also been known to eat chocolate cake for breakfast, drink too much coffee, and wear shiny, temporary tattoos. (I had pink hair once but it became too difficult to maintain.)
I am passionate in my love of cacti and succulents, and I’m learning how to keep plants alive. (I sing to them, surround them with stones, and ask them how they’re doing.)
I love beautiful shoes, but I’m usually barefoot.
I string tiny white lights up everywhere.
I am the queen of a long hot salt bath.
Questions & Answers
I recently asked for your questions and answered some of them here:
If you have question or topic you'd like for me to discuss in a future Studio Talk, please send it to me.
If you're interested in hosting a retreat or workshop or have questions about a prayer painting - please drop me a line.
Unless otherwise marked, all 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.