About Lori Holton – Artist
Article from Northwest Vally News in Las Vegas Nevada by Rich Ott – November 28, 2003
Lori Holton thinks of herself as a medieval court artist for the 21st Century.
“I go into their kingdom and do whatever it takes to make the king and queen happy.” Holton said.
Whether it be a mural, faux finish, Trompe’ Lo’iel or an original piece of art, Holton can do that and more.
After all, this is a woman who has gone into some of the most prominent hotels in Las Vegas, Bellagio and Mandalay Bay to name a few-while under construction to fix problems in finishing and bring about the vibrant sights Vegas hotels are known for.
Randy Guinn was a project superintendent on one of the Ls Vegas hotels Holton worked on in charge of 30 journeymen painters.
“The work was beautiful,” Guinn recalled. “I was amazed at what they could accomplish with the faux finish. We had concrete columns that now look like marble columns. They did a faux finish that looks like wood, another leather and it’s a hard wall. They took painting to the level of faux finish, which is to the level of an artist.
Holton has always been that, growing up in the shadow of her mom, Linda,
“I grew up under this woman who had a wall of awards from these galleries and shows,” Holton said. “I was holding a pencil when I was 28-months old.”
She hasn’t put it down since though now it’s just one utensil in an arsenal.
Name the media, Holton has done it. The 39 year old has even added computers to the mix, mastering art programs that can take previous works to another level. It’s no wonder she considers herself the most diverse artist she ever met.
“She is one of those people who does a lot of different things,” said Bob Springgate, and art photographer who has been shooting Holton’s work for seven years. “With Lori, it is sort of like, “Oh what is happening this month.’ But she always stuck with the art.
Maybe because that is where it all started. Holton has studied under many artists, including Hopi artist Dennis Numkena. She was once told that “an artist is an engineer because you never know what the formula is for your next piece, but it’s cumulative.”
One thing Holton does know about the future is that she would like to show he fine art in 2004/2005. Until then she is anxious to help create some sacred spaces in Northwest Valley homes.
“One of the reasons I wanted to come to the Northwest Valley is because people are real friendly and open.” she said. “ want to bring them the very best when it comes to finishing. I want to bring them answers to their questions, an education.”
Holton got her formal education at the Art Institute of Dallas as well as the Art Center/California.
Any good piece of art whether it be a mural of faux finish begins with color. Holton prides herself in knowing color inside out.
“If you don’t know color theory, you are going to suffer,” she said.
Guinn remembers Holton coming in and first deciding how the wall or column will be affected by such things as light and humidity. She then would come up with the painting process that her crew would follow.
“It’s a strange process,” Guinn said of Holton’s faux finishing crew. “You see them put a pink color on and you say, “Oh my God, are these people nuts?” But they went through a seven to eight coat painting process and finally you see a marble column.
“These people get to do a thing of beauty. It’s tremendous what they can accomplish.”
Holton can accomplish that and more for homeowners.
“I want to get into your head and give you something you like,” she said . “Instead of buying a painting to match your home, I can give you an original. If you want me to do your kids’ room, I’ll be happy to. Creating sacred spaces, that is what I like to do for people.”
Some of her best sacred spaces come in the form of Trompe’ Lo’iel.
“You can’t tell where something ends,” Springgate said of the art form. The East Valley photographer sees about 6,000 paintings a year and works with 300 artists.
“A lot of artists do many different things,”he said. “I think it’s an artistic thing.”
“I’m an artist because it’s my passion. I’m an artist because that’s what I am.”
Article from Northwest Valley News by Rich Ott – November 28, 2003
***after several attempts to contact the author, I would like to be clear that I never graduated from Pasadena Art Center…I took course work….