Lori studied Art at Colorado State University, where she concentrated in Sculpture. She graduated with a B.S in Business Administration, followed by a career as a Senior Analyst, working on the Space Shuttle and then for Unisys. She then returned her focus to Art, studying painting at Minnetonka Center for the Arts and now is painting full time. Her paintings have evolved from impressionist to abstract impressionist and abstract. She has sought to blend her love of sculpture and painting. Many of her paintings are layered with texture and paint that reflect this merging.