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Lori Mirabelli

Toronto, Canada

Growing up, I never quite understood Abstract art. It didn't make sense to me. I truthfully was all about realism and making sure I captured everything I saw perfectly. It was in my mid-thirties when I realized why realism captivated me so. It all boiled down to control. I was a realism sketcher mostly; the precision forced me to stay within the lines. It had clear boundaries set out for me and for my viewers. I found it to be a safe exploration into the art world. Safety was something I relished and detested at the same time; a constant battle within me, which I still struggle with today.

​It was during one of my university classes that I discovered what modern art was all about. I'm sure it's different for everyone. I realized very quickly that becoming an acrylic artist and creating abstract acrylic paintings allowed me to not focus on what I saw, but how I felt and the energy that came with that. For a short period of time, I got to let go of my need for control, took risks, and lost myself in the process. I was forever changed in that moment. Immediately after I graduated from University, I began pursuing a career to become a Canadian abstract artist.
The first thing I did was continue to paint, improve my process and develop a style unique to me, but what I realized was art supplies are quite expensive. To solve that problem, I tried to find a place where I could list some of my modern art for sale. I thought selling affordable art would increase my chances of finding people to buy original art. My only objective at this time was to be able to sell a few paintings so I could purchase more art supplies so I could keep creating acrylic paintings. Through my research I found a website called Etsy, which I'm sure most of you know by now, but back in 2008, Etsy was in its infancy stage. There was only a handful of emerging artist that were selling their artwork back then. I remember the day that I made the decision to list my first abstract art for sale; I felt so exposed and that the world was going judge me harshly. It was challenging process to press the button on my mouse and list that piece for sale, I was filled with self-doubt, I technically wasn't even an emerging local artist at the time. I had only begun to create modern art. To my surprise, 2 weeks later an art buyer found me on Etsy and bought my first original abstract painting. It sold to a women in Western Canada. It was at this moment where I thought "OK" this could be possible; a career as a modern artist. From that day on, I put all my focus into pursuing a fine art career.

I’m very grateful for the painting course, the Art Professor and the women who purchased my first painting on Etsy; they gave me the confidence and push I needed to believe I could move to Toronto and become an art and gallery represented artist. Now I have even set my sights higher; Art Toronto.
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