Lori Baratta is a decorative artist & illustrator with over 250 published designs in various subject matter. Some of her many assorted designs include Mythical & Fantasy themes. Her artwork is available worldwide & has graced assorted magazine, catalog & book covers icluding "The Wicca Handbook", The Witches Book of Answers" etc. She's been featured & reviewed in many different publications, with some of the attention being focused on the rich symbolism in her metaphysical fantasy designs. Because of this aspect, she researches the history, culture & customs of comparitive religions to insure the utmost respect & accuracy of any symbols in which she may portray. Her interest in fantasy & myth goes back to when she was a child.
In addition to painting decorative art, she also does commissioned portraits of both people & pets, & large pieces of contemporary realistic fine art as well. Her work hangs in both private & public collections, & also with governmental dignitaries. Basically self-taught, she originally started painting in acrylics & later took a few night courses in watercolour & oils, while also studying the techniques of pen & ink, pencils, pastels & gouache, finding a whole new world working in mixed media. "I've always had a great love for colors; & find that each medium has a magic all it's own". Her designs can also be found on a diverse array of other products offered through various companies; all the way from rubber stamps to writing journals.
Lori currently works and resides in an historic home on a scenic mountain, surrounded by several acres of land, complete with flower and vegetable gardens, a running stream, pond and woods, with her husband and assorted animals, in rural upstate New York. Her home and life have been featured in a variety of magazines, including Early American Life, Early Homes, Country Sampler, along with the holiday decorating book "And the Stockings Were hung" by author Judy Condon.