About The Artist Governor Matt Mead & myself 2018
Laurie was born in Ohio and moved to Wyoming at the age of sixteen with her parents, finishing high school in Pinedale. To soften the blow of such a drastic move in her teenage years, her father promised her a horse, a promise he kept shortly after the move. She has been enjoying Wyoming & horses ever since. She's spent many years exploring the back country in the Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges around the Pinedale area. She started painting later in life and enjoys painting the Wyoming landscapes & wildlife that she grew to love in her travels. She has mentored under several professional Wyoming artists, and continues to soak up knowledge from the multitude of artists whose paths she crosses. After moving to Jackson, WY in 2013, she found her true passion in plein air painting, while joining the Teton Plein Air Painters on their weekly excursions. Painting outdoors is her preference, whenever possible. She never grows tired of painting the Tetons or the surrounding area, as she experiences a different emotion every time. She enjoys painting landscapes, wildlife, and still life, and feels an inner peace when working on one of her paintings, a peace that she hopes transcends to the viewer.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Sublette County Mixed Media, Teton Plein Air Painters, Art Association of Jackson Hole, & is a member & past president of the Wyoming Artists Association (WAA).
Honors include: "Presidents Choice" at the 2015 Wyoming Artists Assn. (WAA) Convention & Art Show, the "Headwaters Purchase Award" at the 2015 Susan K. Black miniature art show, Congressional Award at the 2017 & 2018 WAA Art Show, for which her paintings hung in Wyoming's congressional offices at the capital building in Washington D.C. for a year, the Governor's Capital Art Exhibition in 2018, 2nd place in the 2018 Plein Air in the Parks event in Sinks Canyon State Park, Wyoming Artists' Assn's "Grand Wyoming Artist" for 2019, and juried in to the Western Spirit Art Show in Cheyenne WY in 2021.