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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 the small western town of Pinedale. To soften the blow of such a traumatic move in her teenage years, her father provided her with a horse, and she has been enjoying horses and Wyoming ever since. She's spent many years exploring the back country in the Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges of Wyoming. 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, always working to improve her skills. After moving to Jackson Hole, 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 now her preference, whenever possible. She never grows tired of painting the Tetons or other Wyoming landscapes, as she experiences a different emotion each time. She also enjoys painting wildlife or a still life in the studio, and she escapes to another realm where she experiences an inner peace when working on one of her paintings. This peace she hopes is felt by the viewers of her art, as it is her belief that art should be a refuge and bring joy to the beholder.
She is an associate member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and Women Artists of the West (WAOW), a member of Sublette County Mixed Media, Teton Plein Air Painters, Art Association of Jackson Hole, & is a member & past president of the Wyoming Artists Association (WAA). Her art is represented by the WOW Gallery in Laramie, WY.
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, juried into the Western Spirit Art Show in Cheyenne WY in 2021, & juried into WAOW's National Exhibition at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas for 2023.
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