Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.
I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.
*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips on the screen.
Today’s interview is with visual artist Lori Portka, whose mission is to radiate love and happiness through her art. She shares the story of how art helped her recover from the shock and grief of divorce, and led her from teaching and counseling to being a full-time artist. It also happens to be my 25th Transformation Talk, which means we’re half way through! Woohooo! 25 amazing people have shared their stories here. I am honored and grateful.
Lori has generously agreed to give one lucky viewer the gorgeous print you see at the top of this post. (If you’re not seeing it in your email, click through the title to view) The winner will be randomly chosen next Wednesday and will be announced here and contacted via email. To enter, please leave a comment below. You can just say hi, but I’d love it if you’d share one way you’ve stepped into your own creativity lately.
Lori’s bio and the link to download the audio version are below. Running time is just over 21 minutes.
Lori Portka is a full-time artist with a mission to spread happiness. Her designs appear on greeting cards, prints, calendars, prayer flags and magazines internationally. Lori is also the creator of A Month of Thank Yous Pack, which includes 30 art postcards for practicing gratitude. All of her artwork is made with an open heart and the intention to spread love and healing.
Find her at LoriPortka.com