Lori Schkufza is a 2D animator and illustrator. She began her career in San Francisco working in gaming, and from there moved back to New York with a focus on education based content through advertising agencies, non-profits, advocacy organizations and universities. Her work often addresses subjects related to women’s issues, and environmental advocacy encouraging better practices. She is a Creative Mornings/Buffalo volunteer, creating animated content. Most popularly- the donut gifs.

While living on the West Coast she became an avid backpacker- trekking through Korea, the former Yugoslav Republics, and California instead of taking summer classes during college. Her introduction to long distance hiking was the John Muir Trail- a 211 mile trail from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the continental US), which she hiked with her brother and two friends. After being bitten by that bug she continued to hike upon returning to the East Coast, but opting instead for solo treks. She’s been hiking the Appalachian Trail as a section hiker, going state by state when her schedule and life permit. Most recently she spent 10 days hiking Isle Royale, the National Park with the least visitors, but the most repeat visitors, located on an island in the middle of Lake Superior.

Animation, Storytelling, Hitchcock movies, Steinbeck novels, Moby Dick, True Crime, Baking scones, Balkan history, how to read topo maps.

Limited color palettes (that are fun!) and not going overboard with ALL THE COLORS.

Don't be so desperate.

Tove Jansson for the unapologetic way in which she lived her life. She threw herself into all her work, whether it was painting, the Moomin books and strips, her writing, plays and set design, and knew when to walk away. I often look to how she stopped working on the Moomin strips because it reached a point where it took more out of her than it gave in return- how it's so important to set something aside before you come to hate it. By not adhering to what the culture said a woman should be she found a niche that was just right for her, which is something I hope to find for myself. Also she had a tiny house on an island, which is pretty close to perfection.

Finding a way to stress out about anything.

Ridge runner/trail maintenance

Simpsons quotes ... like entire exchanges from episodes. (It comes in handy when you've been in the backcountry for weeks at a time.)

How to pack as much as possible into a bear vault so you don't get eaten at night.

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