Lori Robeau is an interdisciplinary artist who creates mixed-media/encaustic paintings and installation art about the disjointed relationship between humankind and the natural world. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationally in group and solo exhibitions including Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, Il, Duxbury Art Museum, Duxbury, MA, Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, CT, Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI, and Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught Alternative Photographic Process classes and Encaustic Painting workshops at various organizations around the northeast. She was a founding director and curator of the Blackstone River Gallery in Woonsocket, RI, and founding board member and Executive Director of the Vernon Community Arts Center in Vernon, CT. Currently, she works as an adjunct instructor and Visual Arts Assistant for the Department of Art at Western Connecticut State University.
One of her earliest and most memorable experiences was living in an old ice cream truck converted mobile home and caravanning around many of the western states with her then hippy-gypsy parents. Maybe it was the beautiful terrain of the Colorado mountains, or the subtle infiltration of the Indian jewelry her parents bought and sold, or the seemingly endless paintings on the interior of the east tower at the Grand Canyon that so amazed her…most likely, however, it was the conglomeration of those experiences set in her subconscious that sparked her first independent artistic compulsion at age 4… when she painted the forest orange.