The Basic Bio
Lori Maxwell has been a resident of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, for over thirty years now. Most recently living with her husband, Frank and a rather rambunctious, over zealous Yorkshire Terrier, known as “The Rascal”; and the 'new' addition, a crazy Bichon mix, known as "Little Miss Bella Luna". As you can imagine, sometimes, chaos reigns supreme.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Lori set out into the commercial and graphic arts field, where she has run the gamut from typesetter to cartoonist to designer to illustrator, working with small businesses, private patrons, as well as agencies and corporations. Her work experience has been, for the most part, in print media. Typical projects have included newspaper and magazine advertisements, brochures and sales literature, sales promotional programs, logos, posters, flyers, billboards, book covers and text illustrations.
In this ever changing world of art, her weapon of choice is still a watercolor brush, but she’s comfortable using various media. There was a time she had never envisioned giving up her drawing board time, to time at her computer desk, however, her Mac and various applications have become an integral part of her work day. It was only a few years ago, that Lori was on the fence about ‘going digital’; that is, using a graphic tablet and a stylus. After the realization, that both types of tools were viable options; that ‘digital pen’ is frequently in her hand, leading this traditionalist to more digital experimentation. Her brushes sometimes sit unused - but certainly not forgotten.
The CEO, Rascal, and the
Assistant Bark Director,
Miss Bella Luna,
take a short break from
their duties; however,
they'd like to remind you
to visit our blogs:
A Retro Artist in a Digital Age
and Maxwell Talks!
A Brief History
On some of the pages of this site, you might notice an email address, or copyrights for the name "Hidden Talents Studio" or "Hidden Talents Advertising". So, what is all This "Hidden Talents" stuff?
Hidden Talents Studio and Lori Maxwell Illustration are "sisters". That is to say, they are both under the banner of Hidden Talents Advertising.
Hidden Talents Advertising (Studio) has been in business, since 1986, owned by Lori Maxwell. Starting out as a small advertising agency, Hidden Talents has served the Pittsburgh Metro area for many years. Witnessing the industry changes, over those years, Hidden Talents has had to work within, augment, and adapt to those changes. Graphics Arts, Commercial Arts, and the Illustration Arts, are fields that have moved from a local occupation to a global one; this site displays work in the field of Illustration.
But, no matter whether it's "Lori Maxwell Illustration", or "Hidden Talents Studio"; it's the same place, same people, same standards of quality and workmanship.
A Quick Run Down...
Lori Maxwell works and lives in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metro area, as an Illustrator/Graphic Artist. Graduating in 1978 from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she has a major in Visual Communications and an Associates Degree in Specialized Technology.
2000 - present Self-Employed Artist/Illustrator
LORI MAXWELL ILLUSTRATION, Pittsburgh, PA.
Serve clients as an illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer, providing finished art.
1986 - present Self-Employed Artist/Illustrator/Designer
dba, HIDDEN TALENTS STUDIO
Advertising and Graphic Design, Pittsburgh, PA.
Serve clients as a design studio for advertising and marketing projects, offering layout, illustration, cartooning and graphic design, from concept through finish art.
1983 - 1985 Staff Artist
FOSTER AND KLEISER OUTDOOR ADVERTISING
(now Lamar Advertising), Pittsburgh, PA.
Responsible for billboard layout and design, including illustration and cartooning, for local, as well as national accounts. Concept through finish.
1978 - 1983 Staff Artist
TRAU AND LOUVNER INC., Pittsburgh, PA.
Responsible for design and production of sportswear logos and T-shirt art, including: illustration, air brush art, cartooning, graphic designs, logo designs and custom type faces. Also responsible for the design and production of in-house printing and advertising, including, price lists, product sheets and catalogs.
Web site, graphics, art and content © Lori Maxwell Illustration, 2019; ©HIDDEN TALENTS Advertising, 2019; ©HIDDEN TALENTS STUDIO, 2019
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