Lori Portka: Happiness Through Art

Asheville, North Carolina

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Autumn Equinox Sale!! 15% off everything through Sunday, Sept 26th. Orders over $35 ship for free :)

For art and love from me to you- http://loriportka.com/art-and-love-from-me-to-you/




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About LoriPortka

Sales 20,656
On Etsy since 2009

Finding Happiness Through Art

Graduated from college, married, worked as a teacher.
Got my masters in mental health counseling.
Thought I would work in a school forever and earn a safe, reliable income.
Read The Artist’s Way.
Began making art again at age 30-something for the first time since tenth grade.
Heard my husband say he didn’t love me anymore.
He actually meant it.

And my heart broke.
And we divorced.
And I felt abandoned and angry and afraid and shamed.
And somehow, I kept making art.

I turned a blank book into a visual journal where I sat in meditation, wrote my intention, prayed and let the art pour out of me and onto the paper. It gave me a place to hold my grief and fear about the past and my hope and excitement about the future.

Everything changed.

My heart opened.
And sometimes I rode the waves of pain on a boat of pastels, paints, chalk and inks.
It was such a bumpy ride.

I grew deeper, more spiritual, more compassionate.

Sometimes happiness can be elusive. It comes in, graces us with its presence and light and then disappears, leaving us with only shadows. That’s ok. Happiness always returns again.

And I am still finding happiness through art.

(These days I am remarried and happily living in beautiful Asheville, NC with my loving husband, gentle-hearted greyhounds, and all the birds, flowers, trees and mountains that surrounds us. We love to hike with our dogs, drink green juice, travel, read, and snuggle in to watch movies and eat dark chocolate. I am so grateful for this life here; doing work I love and watching my creative dreams open up and become real.)

Shop members

  • Lori Portka

    Owner, Artist

    I make art that radiates love.

Production partners

  • Canvas Printer

    NC, United States

    This partner prints all of the fabric for my fabric products.

  • Giclee printer

    Portland, OR

    This partner creates all of my canvas prints with artwork from me.

  • Hay House Publishing

    Carlsbad, CA

    This production partner created the card deck that I illustrated, Crazy Sexy Love Notes. All of the illustrations are made by me.

  • Henco Reprographics

    Asheville, NC

    This printing company makes the giclée prints of my artwork that I mount to wood for my prints on wood. The artwork is made by me.

  • Morrow Graphics

    Syracuse, NY

    Morrow Graphics is a printing company that print my greeting cards, prayer flags, gratitude post cards, and calendars. All of the artwork they print is made by me.

  • Mug printer

    New York, NY

    This partner makes mugs and other accessory items.

  • Plan and Print

    Syracuse, NY

    This printing company prints all of my magnets. The artwork on the magnets is made by me.

  • Puzzle Maker


    This partner manufactures puzzles.

  • Wise Ink Publishing

    Minneapolis, MN

    This company made the book that I illustrated, Infinite Purpose : Care Instructions for Your True Calling. All of the illustrations are made by me.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 18, 2013
Hi! Welcome to the ETSY store for Happiness through Art!

Please visit my website www.loriportka.com for more information, faq's, press and my blog.

My mission is to spread joy by providing artwork that evokes feelings of acceptance, love, hope and healing. May you be happy!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All greeting card sales are final. If an unexpected problem arises, please contact me right away. I want you to be happy with anything purchased in this shop.
I accept paypal, credit cards, money orders and personal checks. All personal checks must clear the bank before I will ship the items. You do not have to have a paypal account to use paypal. Look for where it says "Don't have a paypal account? Use your credit card..."
All domestic purchases are shipped within 1 week of receiving payment. All items weighing under 13 ounces are shipped via first class mail. If the package weighs more than 13 ounces, it is shipped via priority mail. I take great care to make sure your package is wrapped safely.

I love international customers! International customers are responsible for any customs duties, fees or taxes in their own countries.

If you have any questions please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do take wholesale orders- please contact me if you are interested or visit my website, www.loriportka.com

I am also looking for sales reps to carry my greeting card line.

Please contact me if you are interested in licensing my work.

I do not participate in Alchemy, but if you are interested in a custom order, contact me and we can discuss it further and see where it leads.

A final note: all of my images are copyrighted by law. Please contact me for permission to use any of the work you see here. Thank you!