My name is Lori-Lyn.
I'm a writer and a painter.
In the small town of Richmond, Kentucky, the day after Valentine’s Day in 1969, beneath a waning crescent moon, my mother had a craving for a hot fudge sundae.
She and my dad drove to the DQ to get one and a few hours later...I was born.
My sun and moon are in Aquarius, I’m INFP, an enneagram 4, and an Episcopalian.
I love heavy mugs filled with coffee, sitting out by the firepit at night, soaking in salt water, and stargazing.
My mission is to help create a world where you feel free to honor our voice; a world in which you understand that you are deeply loved, as you are; a world where you can be your whole self.
I believe this world exists.
With God, we are dreaming into being.
I believe art heals because it reminds us of our wholeness and our sacred nature and our inherent beauty.
I want you to remember yourself as beloved.
I want you to feel the sacred feminine rising in your heart.
I believe it is time for us to heal our relationship to ourselves, one another, and the planet.
Now is the time to recognize feminine wisdom and shift away from fear into the arms of mercy and compassion.
You can read my artist statement here.
I grew up in Central Kentucky, moved to New York City where I stayed for nearly a decade, then moved back to Kentucky where I become an aunt.
I live in a small city with my partner, Tracy, who is a musician, photographer, and restorer of old houses.
I am drawn to the desert landscape, and deep in my bones, I’ve always suspected my spiritual home is Southern California. Tracy feels the same way, but we haven’t lived there yet.
For the past few years, I’ve visited England a few weeks each summer, and taken classes in the summer theology program at Christ Church College. So, Oxford has begun to feel like a bit of a home, as well.
Mostly, I live here in the bluegrass, where the air is thick, we have snow in the winter, and wild vines grow like crazy all summer long.
Tracy and I have two pugs and three nieces and we love them fiercely.
I write about spirituality, creative living, and sometimes, theology.
I write fiction, too, usually love stories.
I am also an artist, and I paint prayers.
My creative life is at my essence.
It’s creative devotion that reveals my true self to me and reminds me of the grace that runs through every moment of this life.
I sell my artwork.
I create Personal Prayer Paintings.
My work, like my life, is always evolving, but if I pick it up and gaze into it from different directions, I can see the theme of healing that runs through it from the very beginning.
I’ve studied energy healing and intuitive development and I’m drawn to natural ways of being.
I love to explore what has been hidden from us, ancient ways of knowing ourselves and God, and pull those stories into the light where they can breathe through us again.
I believe we, with our creator, are birthing a new world.
This birthing process can be scary and chaotic, but when we anchor in to truth - which is love - we remember who we are and why we’re here.
I believe love is the way.
Where I Belong
I have, my whole life, struggled with belonging.
Where do I fit in? Where will I feel at home? Will I ever be loved and accepted by other people the way I want to be? Even when I reveal m whole and true self?
These are questions I’ve carried with me in my little invisible backpack for as long as I can remember.
Sometimes I think my spiritual-but-not-religious friends wonder how I can be Christian, and my Christian friends wonder why I engage in esoteric spirituality. Maybe this is all projection. Maybe no one is judging me in this way, but I do often feel like a person who is standing on a bridge between traditions, practices, and faiths.
My faith is deep, but it is not fear-based.
I am not a biblical literalist.
I am in awe of God; I'm not afraid of God.
I don't believe our religious and spiritual journeys should burden us; I believe they make us free.
I am a Jesus follower.
I practice a Marian devotion and I’m deeply connected to Mary Magdalene.
I love the places where religions and spiritual traditions meet. We have much to learn from one another, and all of our voices are important.
I am currently in my second year of EFM, and you can read the spiritual autobiography I wrote at the start of my first year here.
I send a Love Letter now and then.
You can buy a collection of my paintings and words here.
You can read my manifesto here.
I am perpetually in the process of allowing myself to be seen.
One of the gifts I bring is the ability to hold space for you as you do the same thing.
Workshops & Retreats
I love bringing my workshops and retreats to you.
I love to circle with you and guide you through the process of prayer painting.
I love talking with you about Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, and the Sacred Feminine.
Here's a little sampling of the conversations I've facilitated:
Praying With Icons, Lenten Supper Program, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2018
Paint Your Prayer Workshop, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2018
Women of Holy Week, Rector's Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington, Ky., 2017
Cane Ridge to Cathedral Basilica, Art as Prayer: A Discussion Between Artists, with photographer Kopana Terry at ArtsPlace in Lexington, Ky., as part of LexArts’ Arts Showcase Weekend, 2016
Untangling Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Louisville, Ky., 2016
The Mother Mary Paintings: Art & God, an artist’s talk, Soul Mates Gallery, Ewing, Ky., 2015
Abiding With God Through Art, Rector’s Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, October 2015
Guest on the Clarity Now! podcast, October 2015
Guest teacher in the Soul Sanctuary, January 2015
Untangling Mary Magdalene, Rector’s Forum, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, November 2014
Journaling the Chakras Workshop, Open Heart Yoga, 2011
I'm so grateful for you.
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, 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.