Loraine Yow Art lolo-ology portland female artist portrait artist

Hi. LoLo here. Cat lady, political scientist, geek, bookworm, lover of good and bad action flicks. I am also a former metal-smith who switched over to art & illustrations in the summer of 2013.

I was a metal-smith for quite a few years but did not enjoy the gritty and toxic processes that making the beautiful, shiny things required. It involved strapping on 5 different pieces of safety gear every time I needed to solder or polish something, followed by the constant washing of hands or of chemicals off the metal. Suit up, burn, wash, grind, wash, polish, and wash again. All day long. It was frustrating, to say the least! So, here I am now, having a much more relaxing time drawing in my comfy pants.

I am self-taught, and currently in the process of putting in my 10,000 hours of practice. (It has been postulated that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a craft. I think this theory has merit.) I'm enjoying every bit of it because such a task suits my exacting and ambitious nature. You can follow my progress on Instagram (@lolo_ology) and see if the theory is panning out!