Artist Lori Schory was born in 1956 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, an industrial designer, and her mother, an illustrator and portrait artist, introduced Lori at an early age to the many broad spectrum's the art world has to offer. Both her parents proved to be invaluable influences on her artistic growth.
In 1981, she received a Master's Degree in Drawing & Painting, with honors, from Northern Illinois University. Continuing her education she also took design courses at Chicago's American Academy of Art and greeting card design courses at NYU in New York City.