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 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. My passion is plein air painting. The great outdoors is my studio. I work to capture the lighting and mood of the scene. Something that a camera just cannot capture."
Lori was honored with winning People's 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".
In 2019, "Local Ass" was also accepted in the Wyoming Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition. It was awarded a purchase award and now hangs on permanent display at the Wyoming state capitol.
In August of 2021, Lori won Best of Show at the Frontier Prison State Park Plein air in the Parks competition, in Laramie Wyoming for her oil painting, "Beauty in the Ordinary."
Her work can be found at Brush Creek Guest Ranch in Saratoga, Wy. AbarA guest Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming, and Deselms Fine Art in Cheyenne, Wyoming.