Featured Artist: Lori Yingst

Editor’s Note: Lori Yingst has artwork displayed in our Artist’s Corner until the end of April 2021. Shelby Pizzaro, our art wall guru, conducted the following interview with Lori. – KLG

What is the source of your inspiration?

The world is my inspiration. Quite often I will pick up something and pop it in my pocket for later use on a project.

How would you describe your art?

Well, I never really thought about describing my art before. (I am giggling about this question by the way). Ok in all seriousness, my art is spare of the moment, thinking then doing and evolves over time
(I’m still giggling) Ok ok summing it up one word “explorative”.

What do you enjoy most about creating new art?

I am going to have to say it’s the journey. Knowing where you are starting is easy. Whether it is painting, collage, or clay or another medium. The joy is where it might take you either on a straight path and your done or meandering journey that takes days, weeks till your complete.

How do you start new work?

I ponder about it for days, sometimes weeks.

Is your process always the same? 


If not, how does it change?

Spur of the moment, a quick inspiration at times. That leads me to digging in my art closet searching for something I picked up in my travels and my husband yelling down the steps “what are you doing”!?!

Do you have a favourite or “go to” technique when starting a work?

I like to page through books, magazines, take a walk, sit and drink coffee or tea and think and sketch ideas

Do you have a favourite medium? 

Get messy and make a mess medium.

Has your preference changed over the years? 

No it has not.

Do you ever experience a creative block? If so, how do you rejuvenate your creativity?
Yes, I believe the block comes from thinking about it too hard. I put it away for a while then it gives me a different perspective when I go back to it.

How have you managed to stay creative during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Stay focused, positive, motivated and connected.

Do you have a favourite/inspirational quote?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do you have any current or future projects you’d like to share?

I am currently in the process of completing my in-home studio. In the future offering workshops for 6 or less. Art medium of choice tailored for specific needs for all ages.

If someone is interested in your work, how can they reach you?

It is best to reach out by email: [email protected] for now.