In the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, a fascination with native wildlife and the historical west began at an early age for Lori Kostur, and continues to be the primary inspiration for her work today.
Lori holds a fine art degree from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America. If you visit the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, in Leadville Colorado, you can see the larger than life bronze monument Lori was commissioned to create to represent the mining industry. The "Singlejack" is a primary feature at the museum.
Lori resides in Saratoga Wyoming where she works to try to capture the beauty and feel of the area using oil paints in studio, and en plein air. "My goal is to try to translate the love I have for this area to others, through the subjects that I paint and sculpt, by painting and sculpting the subjects I love."
Lori was awarded Peoples Choice award at the 2019 Festival of the Arts in Saratoga, WY. for her 3' x 3' oil painting of a very colorful character titled "Local Ass".
“Local Ass” was also juried into the Wyoming Governor’s Capital Art Exhibition. The painting was awarded with a purchase award and now hangs permanently in the Wyoming State Capital.
Lori was awarded with Best of Show at the Plein Air in the Parks sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council. Summer of 2021 at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Park in Laramie Wyoming.