Originally from Ohio, Lora Barnhiser has been living in Phoenix, AZ, for over ten years. She attended Bowling Green State University School of Art before moving to the desert.
Her experience teaching art to students in all age ranges, races and socioeconomic backgrounds has helped shape her into the artist she is today. She currently teaches art to young artists in high school during the day. At night, she turns into a studio owl: creating things from up-cycled earth friendly materials (most often rescued wood scraps). Favorite media usually include watercolor and wood burning (pyrography). Lately, mural creation has entered her world.
“I often work best when life throws something at me and says, ‘Here! What can you make with this?’ ” says Lora. “This can be a blessing and a curse, as I am always seeing purpose in other people’s trash.”