Lori Faith Merritt
Lori Faith Merritt Bio:
Lori Faith Merritt specializes in equine and cultural images that transcend the ordinary through the Art of Connection. Her focus on western culture includes Western music and poetry artists, horsemen and horsewomen, cowboys and ranchers. Passion is evident in the images that portray how she feels about what she is experiencing rather than simply presenting what the camera sees, resulting in evocative and insightful imagery. Her life has centered around horses since 1971 and her experiences allow her to communicate with horses and horse people alike, providing an environment of integration vs. isolation.
Lori Faith's images have been published in print internationally (clients include Western Horseman, Bit Magazine in Europe, National Geographic, The Western Way, etc. ) and on websites, and utilized in equine advertising, Western music and poet artist's promotions, and are enjoyed by private collectors. She provides art reference images to painters and other artists internationally, with several of the resulting art pieces showing in galleries, used for personal commissions, and enjoyed by art collectors . She has served as official photographer for special events, such as schooling through "A" horse shows, the Western Music Association's Festival and Awards, National Day of the Cowboy events, Festival of the West, and many others. In 2009, she was accepted as the guest photographer for Gathering of Nations. She has established herself as a photographer who provides unique memorable images during the event and on privately scheduled photography sessions. Volunteering for several organizations that provide rescue services for horses and other animals and those that provide equine therapeutic assistance for people allows her to serve by giving back and in 2010 inspired her to become a founding artist of HeARTists for Horses (a group of like minded equine artists dedicated to using their art to benefit horses).
Based in Tucson, AZ, she travels extensively to provide customized photography for ranches and barns, portrait sessions, and to create images for her portfolio. She mentors privately and is starting to conduct photography workshops.