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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Many deer share this home place with me, and I never seem to tire of painting them. I loved the lost and found aspect of this subject, as the late light of day did it’s best to camouflage the subject. Ah, but for that last bit of light.

“Twilight” is an oil, 16×20

#muledeer, #mulie, #sdoe, #oilpainting, #wildlifepainting, #landscape, #wildlife

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Out to Pasture

For some reason these old vehicles call out to be painted. This one was no exception. I played up the blue and orange dynamic, and was interested in the dormant line of trees behind the truck. I tend to like landscape subjects that offer good, level horizontals, as does this. I often exaggerate that as well, feeling that the horizontal is important in tying the subject to the ground.

Out to Pasture is an oil, 18×18.

#oldtruck, #landscape, #autumn

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Winter Comes Early

I can appreciate this painting more now, a month or so past our Winter From Hell. The five weeks of very cold temperatures and lots of snow became too much here! This scene is not near home however. It’s on the west slope of the Tetons, near Driggs, ID.

Winter Comes Early is an oil, 12×16.

#winter, #Idaho, #snowscene, #landscapepainting

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In the Tall Grass

Mule deer are one of my favorite subjects. While there are both mulies and whitetail on the ranch, I am partial to the mulies, who have the beautiful big mule like ears. The whitetail tend to claim the best ground for grazing, and often run the mule deer up into the rockier areas. I guess I usually root for the underdog!

On this piece, I used both gold and silver metal leaf. I am happy with the effect and feel it works well with my deer pieces for some reason!

“In the Tall Grass” was one of the pieces I sold at the Out West Art Show this month in Great Falls, MT. It is 24×24, oil,  and gold and silver metal leaf on board.


#muledeer, #oilpainting, #wildlife, #wildlifepainting, #metalleaf

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This is a rework of a painting I’d done earlier, from  photos taken during a modeling session in my studio. The first pass of “Luminaria” was pretty static and monochromatic. I am liking it better now!  This piece is an oil, 30×15.

#oilpainting, #figurativepainting, #womempaintingwomen

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Steamboat Springs, CO. in June sounds good to me! I am happy to announce that this painting, Treeline, was juried into the National American Women Artists annual show, to be held at the Steamboat Art Museum, May 24 – September 2, 2019. I am honored to be included, and will be attending!

I have painted this band of trees three times, all paintings being of that time at the end of day, as the silhouette of trees become one graphic shape that is sculpted by the Montana wind.

Treeline is an oil, 24 x 32.

#landscapepainting, #trees, #oilpainting

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Through Rose Colored Glasses

Bikers have always intrigued me as models, maybe because of their wild and free nature. But until last summer I haven’t had the occasion to get pictures of any of these guys so that I might paint them. At our July ’18 MPA Paint Out, some of us were camped at a campground on Rock Creek, south of Red Lodge, MT.

Deb and I went out painting the last day and came back that night to a campground devoid of artists, or women, except us – in our tiny little campers. The campground had been taken over by bikers getting ready for the Beartooth Rally! Initially, this was a little disconcerting, but by morning we had had some great conversation with a few of the guys camped next to us. Several of them were also nice enough to let me get some good photographs.

I confess I did do some editing of the vest patch verbage, and did try to make my painting a little more generic than my original photos. The subject was great fun and I found a little looser style when doing this painting! I hope to continue in that direction. “Through Rose Colored Glasses” is an oil, 36×24.

#figurativepainting, #bikers, #redlodgemontana, #beartoothrally, #montanapaintersalliance

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Portrait Society of America competition finalist!

Yahoo! I was chosen as a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Non-Commissioned Portrait category, for my painting “The Artist’s Wife”. Lots of symbolism there! This painting, 32×24, was my response to William Merritt Chase’s painting of the same title. I did this piece originally for an American Women Artist’s show at the Haggin Museum in California.

Chase’s painting, dated 1892 is shown below my own piece.

#portraitpainting, #oilpainting, #figurativepainting, #portraitsocietyofamerica, #americanwomenartists

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Near Grasshopper Creek

This fall our MPA paint out was in the White Sulphur Springs, MT. area. The timing was perfect as far as fall colors went. The yellows of the aspen and cottonwoods were at their peak!

The weather was not so accommodating. We painted outdoors in temps ranging between 35 – 45, if I remember right. But then, it’s always good to have a story to tell! This is one of the plein aire pieces I did that weekend. “Near Grasshopper Creek” is an oil, 11×14.

We were lucky in that one of our members, Chuck Fulcher of the Pollo Loco Band performed for us in the bar one night. What a treat that was!

Grasshopper Creek is in the Castle Mountains, near the cool ghost town of Castle!

#oilpainting, #landscapepainting, #montanapaintersalliance, #whitesulphursprings, #autumn, #autumnaspens, #pollolocoband

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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. – https://fineartconnoisseur.com/category/magazine/current-issue/

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 – http://www.noaps.org/copy-of-best-of-america-prospectus

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. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/

2017 – C.M. Russell Museum Auction “The Russell” – http://www.cmrauction.com/

2017 – Dinghies and U-Turn were juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show in Parkville, MO. – https://www.noaps.org/holiday-small-works-show

2017 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Finalist in the “Outside the Box” Figurative Competition – for “Mourning Dove” 36×24 – https://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2017-winners

2017 – Two pieces juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show – https://www.noaps.org/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. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2016-winners

2014 – Spring, 2015 – Juried into the Spring American Women Artists Online Juried Show. http://www.americanwomenartists.org/news/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the Fall NOAPS International Online Showcase. http://www.noaps.org/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Orleans, MA.www.americanwomenartists.org

2014 – Chosen to be an “Art in Action” Artist for the Russell Auction event at Meadowlark Country Club, Great Falls, MT., Mar. 21www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

2013 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TXwww.americanwomenartists.org

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! www.boothmuseum.org/

2012 – Top 100 Paint the Parks National Competition (2 pieces) www.paintamerica.org

2011 People’s Choice Award at the Clymer Museum of Art Exhibit & Auction www.clymermuseum.com

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

2008 – 2010 Paint America Top 100 www.paintamerica.org

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.