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NOAPS International Online Spring Show

I have posted this painting before and this will be the last time, but I thought I’d share my most recent news. “The Artist’s Wife” was one of 150 pieces juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International

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Making Their Mark: American women Artists

Thanks to CV-19, this show”Making Their Mark: American Women Artists”, at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. is virtual, as the Booth has not yet reopened it’s doors. I was thrilled that my piece “Mourning Dove” was included

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Anthony Mason’s painting

I’ve been trying to get some info on CBS Newscaster Anthony Mason’s painting – the one seen behind him as he broadcasts from home everyday. I finally found his discussion of it. I just love the piece! #anthonymason, #earlyrussianart, #piazzasanmarco,

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OK. It’s time to step away from the ongoing news of the CoronaVirus19 pandemic and the surreal time we’re living in. I need to refocus, and for me, there’s no better way to do that than get back to painting.

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Gourmet of the West

As I head to Black Tie and Blue Jeans this evening, which is a fundraiser for the hugely talented Great Falls Symphony, I thought I would send out this poster for their last big party of the season, “Gourmet of

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Out of Commission

Many painters, myself included, are attracted to the “has-beens” as subject matter – old broken down cars and buildings, rusty things. The sagging structures, rusting or flaking finishes on these beauties, often found in equally interesting surroundings are all eye

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Booth Art Museum Show

Getting into the Booth Western Art Museum show Making Their Mark: American Women Artists has been high on my list, and the competition was fierce. But yay -I was accepted! My painting, “Mourning Dove” will be heading to Cartersville, GA.

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Looking Together in the Same Direction

Deer, obviously, and especially Mule Deer are some of my favorite subjects. I enjoy their graceful presence and beauty. I especially like painting the does, and avoid the widely popular subject – the trophy antlered bucks. I prefer to focus

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Studio Visitors

Walk in customers can put a damper on dedicated studio time. But it’s hard to not welcome these two – my regulars, and my favorite audience! #mystudio, #artstudio, #horses, #quarterhorse, #bestcustomers

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Tangerines and Sunflowers

I’ve been painting some still lifes lately and am really enjoying doing them. They too are “painted from life”, but without the hassle of dragging your equipment outdoors and dealing with the elements, bugs and changing light during the plein

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Laurie Stevens

Recent Accolades

6-2020 “The Artist’s Wife” was one of 150 paintings juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring International Online Competition.

2-2020 I was accepted into the Booth Western Art Museum show Making Their Mark: American Women Artists. May 27 – Aug. 23, 2020.

2018 – I was chosen as a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s “Members Only Competition” (in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category) with my painting, “The Artist’s Wife”.

2018 – I was chosen to grace the “Classic Moments” page of the July / August 2018 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. This is the last page of the magazine and a full page spread! My painting, “The Artist’s Wife”, 32×24, was my response to a painting of the same title by William Merit Chase, done in 1892. –

2018 – “An Early Breakfast” was juried into the NOAPS 2018 Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition at Richland Fine Art in Nashville, TN. April 30 – May 26, 2018 –

2018 – Portrait Society of America – 6×9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale, April 20 at the Art of the Portrait Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. –

2017 – C.M. Russell Museum Auction “The Russell” –

2017 – Dinghies and U-Turn were juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show in Parkville, MO. –

2017 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Finalist in the “Outside the Box” Figurative Competition – for “Mourning Dove” 36×24 –

2017 – Two pieces juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show –

2016 – Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show” – I placed in the Landscape Division with my painting “Milk and Honey”! See the images on the slider. –

2014 – Spring, 2015 – Juried into the Spring American Women Artists Online Juried Show.

2014 – Juried into the Fall NOAPS International Online Showcase.

2014 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Orleans,

2014 – Chosen to be an “Art in Action” Artist for the Russell Auction event at Meadowlark Country Club, Great Falls, MT., Mar.

2013 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Fredericksburg,

2012 – A piece of mine, “Motel Galata” was selected to be part of the permanent Modern West Collection at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA!

2012 – Top 100 Paint the Parks National Competition (2 pieces)

2011 People’s Choice Award at the Clymer Museum of Art Exhibit & Auction

2008 C.M. Russell Museum CEO Award – given to one Russell Auction participant

2008 – 2010 Paint America Top 100

About Me

Stevens’ work reflects the small daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is only found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.” From Billings, MT, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated childrens’ movies. In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.