Lori Lohstoeter

Lori Lohstoeter is an artist and teacher living in Norwalk Connecticut. 

Lori Lohstoeter began her career as an illustrator. Her clients included many large New York companies and agencies, such as: Macys, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder, Simon Schuster, Barnes & Nobles, HarperCollins, and PBS. Along with her commercial success, she developed a published children’s book career, illustrating 11 picture books; Beatrice’s Goat is her most familiar illustrated title, selected as a New York Times Best Sellers List, Picture Books in 2001.

The instruction book, Acrylics 2, is published through the Walter Foster Series of art books and explains the artist’s acrylic painting process. Two of her projects were created for and aired on PBS as animated videos: How the Leopard Got His Spots and Noah’s Ark. Many awards followed for her work for young readers. 

In 2005 she left her commercial career and turned her focus to personal studio work. She opened her studio/gallery, Artist at Play, in Rowayton; the gallery was a popular shop from 1999-2002, selling scenes of Five Mile River and the surrounding coastal environs.


In 2010, Lori was asked to join the faculty as an adjunct teacher for Norwalk Community College. She teaches Drawing I and Color Theory to her college students. She is an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center, as well as an instructor at RAC. Lori’s current class is Color Confidence at the center. Her skill as a painter has led her to solo and group exhibits in the Connecticut area. The artist received her BFA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and completed her studies earning a BA in commercial illustration from Art Center College of Design in southern California.