Portrait Society of America Competition Finalist!

How exciting! I was just informed that my painting “Mourning Dove” was selected as a Finalist in the “Outside the Box” category, in the 2017 National Members Only Competition! I am thrilled!

“Mourning dove” is 36″ x 24″ and is oil and gold leaf on a gessoed board.

Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, an Interior Salish woman born in 1884 in Idaho. In 1904, she enrolled in the Fort Shaw Indian School, which was about 30 miles from Great Falls, Montana. In Montana, she witnessed the 1908 roundup of the last free-ranging bison herd, an event that had a profound effect on her. Soon thereafter, she began to develop the idea for a novel that combined traditional tribal culture with a romantic story, based around the epic buffalo roundup.

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. In the book, she described centuries-old traditions with the authority of her own first-hand knowledge and experiences.

#figurepaintng #oilpainting #portraitsocietyofamerica #nativeamerican #interiorsalishtribe #goldleafinart #americanwomenartists #portraitsocietyofamerica

Posted in Figurative, Native American, Portrait Society of America, Wildlife

Setting Sun

This was one of those paintings that makes the struggle worth it, at least for the moment! I was of course attracted to the wonderful affect of the sun setting behind the mountain here. This painting then became an exercise in using my palette knife, which was great fun!

“Setting Sun” is an oil on gessoed board, 12×16.

#landscapepainting #paletteknifepainting

Posted in Landscape, The mountains

Water Is Life

“Water is Life” is an oil on a round topped panel, 48 x 30. It has hand carved wooden stars that run along the upper part of the side return.

When I completed this painting, I contemplated not posting it as it had political implication. Of course it was about Standing Rock, which became a rallying point for both environmental and indigenous civil-rights advocates as thousands of people, many of them Native Americans, gathered on the Standing Rock reservation to protest and physically obstruct the Keystone pipeline’s construction.

While the pipeline did not cross Sioux Reservation land, it was built just north of those lands through what had been Sioux Territory by treaty, land that was later taken from them. By current treaty, the Standing Rock Sioux are assured certain hunting and fishing rights. Many of the tribe’s members rely on fish or hunted game from that area as a steady food source.

The Keystone pipeline is owned by TransCanada, an energy company based in Calgary. It transports oil from western Canada’s tar sands region to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, where the oil is refined and processed into usable gasoline and diesel. Tar sands produce some of the lowest grade, highest carbon, most polluting oil in the world. A 2014 report co-authored by Lazarus found Keystone XL would boost global emissions of carbon dioxide by up tp 100 million tons per year.

A focus of the Standing Rock protest was about the impact of oil spills from this pipeline (owned by a Canadian company that has a notorious reputation for spills and leaks) and what those spills would do to the water aquifer, water of the river, the fish that live in it, and the wildlife that are sustained by it. All those things are critical to the people of the Sioux tribe, and others living in the area.

And in an even larger sense, this protest was about the rights and safety of the people often being “Trumped”, if I may say so, by corporate interest and power. As these pipelines traverse the breadth of our country, through our Heartland, our bread belt, many of us are also at risk, not just the Sioux Nation.

On 11-16-17, TransCanada reported that 210,000 of oil had spilled from the Keystone Pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota. It was the third major spill in the region for the pipeline, which began operations in 2010… As of 11-21, Keystone XL oil pipeline will go ahead despite this last spill.

#keystonepipeline #keystonexl #environmental degradation #oilspill #waterislife

Posted in Figurative, Landscape, Native American

AWA Show “Under a Vast Sky”

I’m a little late in posting images from the reception of AWA’s opening reception for the AWA “Under a Vast Sky” show at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. Nevertheless, the show looks great and hangs through December 3rd. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll get by to see it.

#AWATucson #Tucsondesertartmuseum #oilpainting #figurativepainting

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Figurative, Native American, Tucson Desert Art Museum

Montana Artists’ Trip to Nantucket

I had posted on my general FB page some pics from our wonderful trip to NY and Nantucket. Here, I thought I’d get into the meat of it. Well, sort of. I think we all spent more time “enjoying the trip” than working, but still we had a great time! Below are pics of the artists et. al that descended on Tim and Annie in Nantucket – L to R: Tim Thom, Annie Thom, Tom English, Shirle Wempner, Frank Hagel, Sara Walsh, Tom Gilleon, myself and Steve Oiestad.

We all took watercolors as it’s such a hassle to fly with oil paints and all that equipment, even though WC is not our medium, any of us! Still, in testimony to the fact that I really did paint there, are attached two WC – “Annie’s Tomatoes” and “Low Tide”, both 9×12. They stayed on Nantucket, as they should have!

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Red Parasol

As time draws near for the American Women Artists Show “Under a Vast Sky“ at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, I thought I would post my piece in the show, “Red Parasol”. This painting is an oil, 32×24.

I’ll try not to be too wordy in telling the story…The late 1800’s was a time of robust western American expansion. The remoteness of the region was eased by the arrival of railroads, and Tucson was the hub of that railroad expansion.

At that time in southern Arizona, there were people of many races living and working in all endeavors. The Chinese parasol is indicative of outside influence on the Native peoples during that time. They could well have traded for something like the parasol in what was the melting pot of early Tucson citizenry.

I enjoy painting imagined stories when thinking about potential interactions as Native Americans traded with other tribes and other peoples during this period of influx and settlement of the west.

Under a Vast Sky” opens October 13 and runs through December 3, 2017. (My apologies for the redundancy if I also send you a flier!)

#AWATucson, #oilpainting, #figurative, #portrait, #Tucson, #oldtucson, #Tucsondesertartmuseum

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Native American, Tucson Desert Art Museum

Heart on Your Sleeve

This business of being an artist is a “heart on your sleeve” type thing, so it’s wonderful to get some validation from time to time. I was just notified that two of my paintings were accepted in the National Oil And Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Holiday Small Works Show! YEAH! The show will be held at the Cathy Kline Gallery in Parkville, MO. and will run from Nov. 13 through Dec. 30, 2017. Thank you NOAPS and Cathy Kline Gallery!

My two paintings on their way to the show in November are:

“U-Turn” 9×12 oil on board

“Dinghies” 11×14 oil on board

Posted in Landscape, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Waterscape

Bears everywhere

As usual, summer has been a whirlwind, and I haven’t made many posts. I did these two paintings this summer, inspired by the huge bear grass bloom in Glacier Park in early summer. It was amazing! Little did we know that the park and much of Montana would be on fire shortly thereafter.

For both of those reasons, I’m really glad I did these paintings that celebrated the bloom. They are each 12″ x 12″ and are for sale at Frame of Reference Gallery in Whitefish, MT.

The grizzly is called “Grizzly in the Bear Grass” and the black bear is simply called “Bear Grass”.

Posted in Animals, Frame of Reference Fine Art

Water is Life

This title has very real meaning to me now during this extremely hot and dry summer on the ranch. Water is Life. It is everything. Without it, we are NOT.

This painting is part of the show “Dissent” at Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento. I believe the show runs through August. I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate!

“Dissent” is an oil on board, 48×30.

Posted in Figurative, Native American

Thanks Frame of Reference!

I am shouting out a huge thank you to Frame of Reference Fine Art for selling four of my paintings in the past few weeks! Thanks so much, all of you! I’ll post pics of the first two tonight.

The lovely brunette is “Clara Belle” and the still life is called “A Bowl of Birds and a Bison”.
#frameofreferencefineart, #paintingsofanimals #stilllifes #cows #bison #birds


Posted in Animals, Art Galleries, Frame of Reference Fine Art, Still Life

Laurie Stevens

Current or Recent Events & Shows

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Nov. 13 – Dec. 30, 2017

Under a Vast Sky, the 2017 AWA Annual Master and Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Oct 13 – Dec. 3, 2017

“Dissent” Show at Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA. July 1 – August, 2017

“Gallery Night” at Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT.,July 6, 2017

Iron Horse Summer Art Social, Whitefish, MT. June 25, 2017

“First Strike Auction” March 17, 2017 C.M. Russell Museum https://cmrussell.org/the-russell-event/

2016 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Winner – Landscape Division https://portraitsociety.org/

“Back to Basics” Painting Workshop in Big Sky, MT. – October 28-30, 2016

“2016 Annual AWA Member Show & National Juried Exhibition” – Sept. 23 to Nov. 14, 2016 https://americanwomenartists.org/news//

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 25, 2016 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

“Montana Painters Alliance Show” at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT. June 30, 2016 – August 31, 2016. http://www.hockadaymuseum.org/

I’m teaching a workshop called “Back to Basics: Considerations for Every Painter” at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT., April 29 – May 1, 2016 https://www.cmrussell.org/content/back-basics-considerations-every-painter-laurie-stevens/

“Auction for the Arts” at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. March 24, 2016 http://www.bigskyarts.org/

“Out West Art Show & Sale” at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT. March 16-19, 2016 http://outwestartshow.com/

Guest Artist at Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ., 2015 http://www.altamiraart.com

“Traveling the West Art Show & Sale” at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX. – October 23-24, 2015 http://www.travelingthewestshow.com

“Boots Required!” at Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT. – July 3 – August 31, 2015 http://www.bellamusegallery.com

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 30, 2015 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

The Dana Gallery “Icons of the West” Show, May 15 – June 30,, 2015 http://www.danagallery.com

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT., Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 http://www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

Booth Western Art Museum “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” – February 21, 2015 www.boothmuseum.org

Altamira Fine Art “Art 2 Art Show”, Jackson, WY. – mid December, 2014 – January 1, 2015 www.altamiraart.com

Tom Gilleon & Laurie Stevens – 2 person show hosted by Altamira Gallery of Jackson, WY. and Creighton Block Gallery of Big Sky, MT., July1 – 18, 2014 http://www.creightonblockgallery.com

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum “Small Works, Great Wonders” Show, Oklahoma City, OK. – Nov. 15 – Dec. 1, 2013 http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/events/swgw/default.aspx

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.

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