Meet the Artist – Lori Bentley
Inspired by Karin Panino’s Friend meet Friend series on Facebook (thank you Karin), this is the first in a series of Meet the Creatives posts.
It was only when I decided to try my hand at painting that I realised how exposed you feel when sharing your creative work. It’s very personal and quite often there’s a degree of emotional investment in the project. The creative people in this series have one thing in common – they have inspired me, taught me, or fuelled my creativity in some way.
I have no idea how Lori gets her inspiration. From the outside it seems like magic. She just seems to see the world in a different way. She does this with pictures and with words. I’ve had the experience of telling Lori I’m looking for a name for a blog and, sometimes within minutes, she pings back a list of good ideas – at least one of which will be truly inspired. I’ve described what attributes I want in a business logo and she produces a first draft that fits the bill perfectly. I’ve sometimes wondered if that’s partly because she knows me so well, but I think there’s far more to it. She just has an amazing way of being able to articulate – in words and in images.
I’ve watched pictures emerge from the end of her pencil within minutes as she sketches out an idea. When we were in our teens on holiday, she would create fantastic cartoon pictures of us all. I can still see the mad mop of curls that represented me. Perhaps I should use that as the picture on my Facebook profile.
She’s the first person I turn to if I want an honest evaluation of one of my paintings. And she always gives me great advice. I know that she’ll see something in it that I haven’t noticed, or make a suggestion for something that will either improve the picture she’s reviewing for me, or make me try something different the next time around. I am enormously grateful the generosity of her insights – they are so valuable.
I am thrilled by the fact that Lori’s first book illustration commission has led on to more of these sort of projects – it’s just the perfect job for her. It ticks all the right boxes:
- Fantastic imagination – tick.
- Love of books – tick. (She reads books faster than just about anyone I know).
- Ability to visualise a scene – tick.
- A bucketload of artistic talent – tick.
I can see I’m going to have to spend more time shopping on Amazon for books that have been illustrated by Lori Bentley. I think it’s time Amazon included illustrators in their search criteria. But, given that you can’t do a search by book illustrator – Here’s the link to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab on Jacket flap, on Amazon.com, and on Amazon.co.uk.
And here’s the new book cover Lori has designed.
Meet my fabulously creative sister.