Lori Taylor is a Michigan artist/author/illustrator. As a child growing up among the pines and ponds of Clarkston, Lori knew that drawing, writing, nature, books, and science would be her life.
Lori is a freelance illustrator, has created many children’s educational exhibits for Michigan nature centers, and selected as artist-in-residence for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshoreand the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan. Her books were selected as a “Great Lakes, Great Reads” from the Historical Society of Michigan and her illustration has won awards at Michigan art fairs.
Lori is the author/illustrator of the hilarious middle grade, fiction HOLLY WILD series, a mid-grade realistic, Michigan fiction series, and other books and comics that highlight Michigan's flora and fauna, legend, myth and science.
Lori is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Educators, and is a freelance illustrator and works for Bear Track Press in Bitely, MI. When she is not making books, she is hiking, biking, and kayaking wild places for story.
A professional author/illustrator and artist from Michigan, I was employed as a graphic artist for Oakland County Parks & Recreation. I researched, designed, and produced educational exhibits and materials for their Natural Resources and Education Division, as well as having been a seasonal naturalist, trail guide, and volunteer for the Parks.
Now a full-time children’s author and illustrator, I have written, illustrated, and published six children’s books set in Michigan, and am currently working on more in my nature/mystery series and a commissioned Michigan book for a Michigan songwriter and author.
As an artist, I produced commissioned works for many Michigan nature centers as well as individuals, exhibited in juried Michigan fine art shows, and was twice selected as a Michigan Artist-in-Residence; Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in 2007 and Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness in 2008. I present programming geared toward literacy and environmental literacy
using art and writing to libraries and schools for children grades preK-7th to adult.
2009-present Bear Track Studios LLC and Bear Track Press, Pinckney, MI.
Write and illustrate children's mid-grade fiction. Produce nature-themed mural work, workshops, commissions, and exhibit at juried fine art fairs.
2008-2013 Oakland County Parks & Recreation, Clarkston, MI
Research, design and produce educational materials and portable exhibits for the OCPR Natural
Resources; produce wayside exhibits for the OCPR Lewis Wint Nature Center.
SEASONAL PROGRAM SPECIALIST II
2006-2008 Lewis Wint Nature Center, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, Clarkston, MI. Seasonal
naturalist/program facilitator, animal care provider, trail guide, exhibit preparator, muralist, public
interpretive and educational materials illustrator.
The Young GeEK's Guide to Getting Outside, Author/illustratork, Bear Track Press, 2015
HOLLY WILD: Questpedition for da Yooper Stone (Book 4) Author/illustrator, Bear Track Press 2015
HOLLY WILD: Packing for the Porkies (Book 3) Author/illustrator, Bear Track Press, 2013
HOLLY WILD: Let Sleeping Bear Dunes Line (Book 2) Author/illustrator, Bear Track Press, 2012
HOLLY WILD: Bamboozled on Beaver Island (Book 1) Author/illustrator, Bear Track Press, 2011
Lissy-Lost! Author/illustrator, (second edition) Bear Track Press, 2011
The Funny Farm (MeeGenius, 2013) Illustrator
Wise Sydney (MeeGenius, 2013) Illustrator
There Was An Old Woman (MeeGenius, 2013) Illustrator
Michigan History for Kids Magazine 2015, illustrator
Crone (Issue 5, b&w illus.) SageWoman Magazines (issue 82, b&w) 2013
Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan, Gwinn, MI 2015
Questpediton for Story: The Power of the Pencil. KI Sawyer program for children, Northern MI
University program. Mixed media book art on the Quest for Story. 2016
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City, MI, Aug. 24 - Sept. 6, 2008
Presented the program “The Wonder of Wilderness” with audience participation on the meaning
of wilderness. Their responses became part of the original donated art piece to
preserve their words and feelings. The mixed media piece: “Wilderness: The Preservation of the
World”, was donated to the Friends of the Porkies in 2009.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI, Sept. 9-29, 2007
Created and donated original art, “Sleeping Bear: The Legend”. Public presentation included
unveiling of artwork and reading of poem that went with the painting as well as A.I.R. highlights.
2006 Camp Tamarack, Ortonville, MI
Taught Native American Arts, Craft, & Lore, Michigan Wildlife, Animal Tracking, and Michigan Bats.
Trained in survival, camping and environmental education, taught outdoor education programs.
WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & PRESENTATIONS
Michigan Alliance for Environmental Outdoor Educators,Oct. 2011 “Great Lakescapes: Artist-in-
residences”. Workshop for educators at their annual conference.
St. Francis Xavier Academy, Petoskey, MI, June 2011 Book art and illustration with K-8.
The Stewardship Network, Jan. 2011, "Art and Conservation", Bear Track Studios LLC poster
presentation at the annual conference.
Village Fine Art Association, Milford MI.
Feb. 2011 “Sense of Place: Artist as Naturalist”, Huron-Clinton MetroParks, Dec. 2009 “Art in the
Parks”, Metro Beach Metro Park, Mt. Clemens, MI.
Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson MI, June 2009 Mixed Media Collage Art presentation and
Southern Oakland Lakes Park & Recreation, Fenton, MI, 2001, 2002 Family Art Program (outdoor
drawing/painting) instructor, Fenton, “Seasons on the Shiawassee”.
Sanilac Soil-Conservation District/Public/Private Schools, Sanilac, MI
1992-99 Educational Program presenter “Early Michigan Life & The People of the Three Fires”,
about the Sanilac Petroglyph Site.
On the Wild Side: The Art of Nature by Bear Track Studios (three woman show); Oct.-Nov
2010, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI.
Transformation, “30 Works 30 Days”, Jan.- Feb. 2010, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor,
MI for Feb. and May 2010 Fundraising Auction.
Art at the Library, Jan.- Feb. 2010, Brighton District Library, Brighton, MI.
HYDROLOGY, Nov.- Dec. 2009, Chelsea Center for the Arts, Chelsea MI.
Kaleidoscope on Main, May - June 2009, (Award) Brighton Art Guild, Brighton, MI.
Animal Intelligence, September - October 2008, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI.
A New Earth Exhibit, Nov. 2008, Madonna University, Livonia, MI.
Healing Experience Art Exhibit, Oct. 2008, Orion Art Center, Auburn Hills, MI.
Two Woman Exhibit, Sweetwater Café, Marquette, Oct. 2008.
From Our Perspective, National Women’s Art Exhibition, 2006; Oakland Community
College, Farmington Hills, MI.
Oakland County Employee Fine Art Exhibit, Waterford, MI, Dec. 2006, 2nd Place.
Earth Day ARTS & Eats, Solo Exhibition, Unitarian Universalist Church, Flint, MI, 2006.
SELECTED JURIED ART SHOWS
Fallasburg Fall Festival, 2010, 2011, Lowell MI
East Lansing Art Fair, 2010, Lansing, MI.
Outdoor Art Fair, Traverse City, 2010, 2011, Traverse City, MI.
Art on the Rocks, 2008, 2009, Marquette, MI.
Midland Summer Art Fair, 2009, Midland Center for the Arts, (Award), MI.
Flint Art Fair, 2009, Flint, MI.
Pinckney Art in the Park, 2008, 2009 (2nd place Award) Pinckney, MI.
Art at the Center, 2006 Fenton, MI (1st place Award, Mixed Media);
Kirtland Warbler Fest, 2007, 2008 Roscommon, MI, Featured Artist 2008.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 2008 Kalamazoo, MI,
East Jordan Portland Art Fair, 2008, East Jordan, MI, Honorable Mention.
Frankfort Art Fair, 2008, Frankfort, MI.
Left Bank Gallery, 2000, 19th Annual All Media Juried Show, Flint, MI, Award,.
Williamston Art Fest on the River, 2006, Williamston, MI,.
Fenton Artist Guild 2nd All Member Show, Fenton, MI, 2nd Place Award.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) – Member
Michigan Audubon – Member
Michigan Reading Association - Member
Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support - Mentor/Volunteer
Stewardship Network – Member
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION
2013 Wild,Wild Midwest S.C.B.W.I. Spring Conference
Matt Faulkner's Illustration Boot Camp, SCBWI Annual Fall Conference, Mackinaw Island,
MI, Sept. 2011
Rapid Field Assessment Training, Huron River Watershed Council, Aug. 2007
Leopold Project, MAEOE, Ray, MI, May 2007
Nita Leland Color Workshop - Fenton, MI 2004
“Writing For Children & Teenagers”, Institute of Children’s Literature: Completed 2001
SKILLS & INTERESTS
Painting, drawing, writing, Adobe Photoshop & InDesign, woodcarving, photography, bird
watching, tracking, hiking, camping, backcountry camping, kayaking/canoeing, hunting, fishing.