Lori Fast

My early years in New Orleans were not spent outside in the sweltering heat, but in the intensity of the ballet studio, discovering my passion and my admiration for the human form. Merging my love of dance and art, I would quickly sketch dancers in pastel to capture a gesture or mood.

After high school, I moved to northern California to attend University,
earning a B.A. in Fine Arts.  After working  for several  years as an
illustrator for a department store in San Francisco,  I returned to painting and
began etching and monoprinting.  In 1999, I began to study drawing with Michael Markowitz where I  rediscovered my love of pastels and the figure.
As my style has developed over years of drawing dancers and live models, I continue  to work with pastel for it’s immediacy and expressiveness of line and form. I continually strive to capture the energy and beauty of the moving body.
Since moving to Orcas Island several years ago, I have been able to focus on my artwork thanks to the supportive and amazing art community here.The ever changing beauty of this place constantly  ignites my passion for creativity.  I am living happily with myhusband, cat and chickens.
Please visit  my website:  www.lorifast.com
or send me an email:  lorifast3@yahoo.com