Artist Statement - Lori Aguirre Snable

After many years of painting pastel night scenes I became fascinated with painting pet portraits. After the first few pet portraits this new path has taken on “a life of its own” and the pet portraits have become so popular that this is now my main focus. The portraits are based on pet photographs and are done in oil on canvas. Companion animals (dogs and cats) have always been a vital part of my life and I love developing the portrait to show both the image of the pet and also convey the personality of the pet in the painting. This is always an enjoyable challenge and each commission is unique.

A recipient of over 100 awards and a signature member of The Pastel Society of New Mexico, The Pastel Society of Colorado, and The Pastel Society of The West Coast, Lori Snable has exhibited both publicly and privately over the past fifteen years, and has been the featured artist in seven solo shows. A California native of hispanic ancestry and now a Santa Fe resident, she has become deeply connected with Northern New Mexico. Lori has had a lifetime involvement with the arts. Her painting career was delayed early on, with a period of her life devoted to a career in the medical sciences and later raising a family. She returned full time to painting in 1993, and for the past ten years Lori has been the driving force behind an award winning California art program that caters to both developmentally disabled and gifted children.

Lori and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The studio near the plaza in Santa Fe is now open to visitors. Artwork may also be viewed in the display window located at "The Inn at Loretto", Santa Fe, New Mexico and the display window at "La Fonda", Santa Fe, New Mexico.