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In 2013, while still pursuing a career in dentistry, Lori began needle felting after seeing an example of the art form in a magazine. With no background in art, Lori at first sought out needle felting tutorials on YouTube, and a new adventure began.  She then studied under the talented Sara Renzulli of Sarafina Fiber Art in Maryland, in order to advance her skill and knowledge of sculpting with wool.  

After finishing a career of over 30 years, Lori moved from northern Colorado to the Texas Hill Country with her husband, Todd, her dog, Wally, and her horse, Wesley.  Now retired to Texas, needle felting has become a daily practice.  Lori's passion is creating lifelike animal sculptures.  Further, she has presented her craft to several groups in Colorado and in Texas, and taught lessons privately and for various arts & crafts stores in both states.  Lori's sculptures were shown in the Rabbit Brush Gallery in Boulder County, Colorado and are now displayed at Makers Market and Highland Arts Guild and Gallery in Marble Falls, Texas.  In addition, she has been invited to participate in art markets in Fredericksburg, Texas and Comfort, Texas.

In the past, Lori has also dabbled with oil paint and pastel.  Now that she is retired, she hopes to add painting and horseback riding to her felting practice.  You can reach Lori at horsewomanlori@gmail.com.

Lori Welch