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 and was so looking forward to being there for this important show! The show is posted online however, on the Booth site and FB page, and the awards ceremony will be as well, this afternoon at 3:00pm EST.

“Mourning Dove” is mixed media – oil and metal leaf on board, and is 36×24.

To watch, visit the Booth’s Facebook page at Friday at 3:00 PM ET.

#AWA, #Boothwesternartmuseum, c #Makingtheirmark:americanwomenartists, #cartersvillegeorgia, #mourningdove, #oilpainting, #metalleaf, #mixedmediapainting

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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, #veniceitaly

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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.

“Almost” 22×24, is a painting I did a year or so ago, inspired by a wonderful trip to stay with friends on Nantucket. The painting recently came home and I decided to ‘Montana it up’ a bit. So the boat now sports Montana stickers and has adopted a little more rustic appearance. Who’s to say that I can’t do what I want? I have Artistic License, right?

#dinghie #whitepainting #waterscape, #nantucket, #fishingboat

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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 the West”. I will be doing a painting, to be sold that evening. Not this cowboy, probably a regional landscape… I hope to see you at one of these events!

#greatfallssymphony, #blacktie&bluejeans, #gourmetofthewest, #lauriestevens, #lauriestevensart, #landscapepainting, #westernart

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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 candy for a painter! They’re so much more interesting that clean lines, right angles, perfect paint jobs! As art can often be about story, these relics are rich in that regard!

“Out of Commission” is an oil, 18″x24″.

#oldtruck, #landscapepainting, #classicvehicles, #lumbertruck, #fineart, #oilpainting, #figurativepainting

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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. for that show, which runs from May 27 – August 23, 2020. I’m thrilled!

Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, a Salish woman born in 1884 in Idaho. In 1904, she enrolled in the Fort Shaw Indian School in Montana. She witnessed the 1908 roundup of the last free-ranging bison herd, an event that had a profound effect on her. Her novel, Cogewea, the Half-Blood, (1927) was the first known published novel by a Native American woman. It explored the plight of the mixed blood (or “breed”), who lived in both white and Indian cultures.

Mourning Dove is oil and metal leaf on board, 36×24

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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 on the essence of the animal, and not their trophy potential.

As hunting season is upon us, I hope you hunters will take pause, treat these beings with respect, and appreciate the ultimate gift they may give you.

“Looking Together in the Same Direction” is oil and metal leaf on board, 16×20.

#muledeer, #metalleafpainting, #muledeerdoe, #oilpainting, #wildlifepainting

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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 aire painting process.

Painting from life is so important, as you see much nuance of color, light, shadow and depth that is lost in a photograph, even with today’s great technology.

Tangerines and Sunflowers is an oil, 12×16.

#stilllife, “studiopainting, #sunflowers, #tangerines, #oilpainting

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Sweet Summer

In the north country where you have memory of what winter can be, summers are especially appreciated by both man and beast. This mallard is enjoying a beautiful summer day in a favorite place, a lily pad cove.

Sweet Summer is an oil, 11×14, and will be for sale at the Coeur’ d Alene Gallery’s Miniatures by the Lake Show on September 21, 2019.  

Mallard, #lilypads, #waterscape, #Coeurd’AleneGalleries, #Coeur d’ Alene, #Idaho

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Laurie Stevens

Recent Accolades

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.