Marcophiles: A new face on Marco’s art scene — Lori Borman

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So you think flamingos, ducks and other critters are beautiful? How about just the heads of these gorgeous birds and other wildlife?

Some of the best artistic images we’ve ever seen of the heads of animals are depicted in the paintings of artist Lori Borman. And when we first saw them, it was obvious that her art would be a great addition to Marco Island’s artistic environment.

Now Keith Dameron has decided to display some of Lori’s pieces on Marco Island, at the Iberia Bank branch where Keith is vice president and manager.

It is true that trying to improve on nature, the real thing, in a work of art is futile. But Lori comes close. Her portfolio includes oil paintings with brilliant colors and bold shapes. They don’t literally bring the creatures to life, but they bring a lively, eye-catching appeal to wherever they’re displayed.

Lori, a member of the Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, has been painting since she was 6 years old.

“I remember my first painting of Bambi and Thumper,” she says.

We asked about the works she is showing at Iberia Bank.

“They’re done from photos I’ve taken of wildlife in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Ding Darling on Sanibel, the Big Cypress National Preserve and at Lion Country Safari. The ones at the bank are among a project of 20 paintings, all 14-by-16 inches. I’ve finished 16 to date. Most of my paintings, however, are 30-by-40 inches or larger.”

We learned about Lori’s talent one recent evening when we met her and her husband, Rick. He is the creator of the Marco Town Hall Speaker Series, which will present its inaugural event Feb. 25 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. The speaker will be Jeb Bush, the former governor, brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush. Lori is an assistant to Rick in running the Town Hall series.

After talking with Lori about her art, she sent us photos and we could not help but share them with you. Keith Dameron was equally impressed and offered to showcase some of Lori’s work at the bank.

Expanding the “Art of Banking”

For Keith’s Art of Banking project, he has been displaying the work of 10 Marco artists. That is ongoing and Lori’s pieces will be incorporated into the overall exhibit.

“A truly multi-talented person, Lori juggles painting with supporting her husband’s businesses while making it all look so easy,” Keith says.

Lori’s works will be on public exhibition at the bank starting Monday.

“Everyone has one last chance to see the paintings currently on display at Iberia Bank before they go back to the artists’ galleries,” Keith explains. “Those who stop by the bank on (Monday) will see the exhibit. And we’ll have refreshments and treats for the occasion.”

Rick Borman says the Marco Town Hall Speaker Series will be a sponsor of the Island’s annual Wet Paint Live! event on Jan. 27.

“We are looking forward to this and to exploring other innovative ways to support the arts as we continue to participate in Art League endeavors.”

It appears that Lori and Rick Borman are all about communicating, be it with oratory or art. And we’re glad Marco is a place where their talents are much appreciated.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Wednesdays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail:

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