Portrait Gallery: Lori Tison
In search of a “thriving art community” with an “astonishing variety of scenery,” Lori Tison moved from the Front Range to Grand Junction in October 2013 to start her second career as an artist.
“I’m so glad I moved here,” Tison said.
Tison, who paints in oils and specializes in landscapes and still life, recently hung her work at Oakley Gallery in downtown Grand Junction.
It’s the first gallery in which Tison’s work has ever appeared. She called it “a dream.”
Tison, 52, got her start in oil painting as a teenager, but she considered art more a hobby during her 22 years as an air traffic controller in Seattle and Denver.
When Tison retired two years ago, however, she had time to resume painting. She took a trip to Europe, Asia and Africa last year and the desire to transform photographs into oil paintings rekindled Tison’s creativity and love of painting.
“I started painting so much,” she said. “Friends and family told me, ‘You could sell this.’”
A self-taught artist, Tison prefers oil because “you can play with it longer” and because “of the richness of color.”
Living in Grand Junction, Tison has started experimenting with impressionism. She joined The Art Center to network with professional artists, finding her way to the Oakley Gallery to learn more about making prints, hanging work and selling art.
“I’ve been amazed at how nice everyone is,” Tison said of the transition from the Front Range to the Western Slope. “I’ve made so many friends already.”