About Lori Faye Bock
Lori Faye Bock’s paintings of animals speak to the soul and the heart. She declares her affection for the animal world with wit, lively color, and jaunty poses, striking a responsive chord in the viewer who can’t fail to recognize the truth in her images.
The artist says, “Knowing animals and caring for them is one of life’s joys. Even the most ordinary-seeming animals are truly extraordinary and give us so much. My art reflects my life.” Bock and her husband live in an 18th-century adobe on a riverside farm near Abiquiu, New Mexico, where they delight in the company of many sheep, dogs and indoor only cats.
Lori Faye Bock was born in Detroit and credits supportive parents, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a scholarship to The Center for Creative Studies¹ College of Art & Design with her pursuit of a career in art. She studied ceramics and went on to teach in the Watts area of Los Angeles while producing hand-painted ceramic art, often with animal imagery.
In the late eighties, Bock moved to Santa Fe and opened a studio and gallery on Gypsy Alley, an artists¹ haven just off of Historic Canyon Road. Longing for the rural life, she and her husband purchased their property in the agricultural community of Los Silvestres north of Abiquiu and proceeded to acquire their menagerie. In 1994, they founded the Abiquiu Studio Tour.
After working in clay for over twenty years, Bock began painting her images on paper, board, and canvas, continuing to portray her beloved animals. Already successful as a ceramicist, she found a ready acceptance for her paintings among collectors. Her images are known nationally and have been used by PETsMART, the ASPCA, and American Humane.
Lori Faye Bock¹s work has the whimsy of a Klee and the color and detail of a Matisse. Her paintings deftly capture the essence of their subjects with a dash of irony, humor and often, poignancy. Her reward comes, she says, when the joy she feels in portraying her animal subjects is communicated to those who see her paintings.