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A Good Trade

Appaloosa horses were the pride of the Nez Perce Indians who hailed from the Palouse River country in what is now Idaho. As white settlers moved into traditional Nez Perce lands, successful trades in horses enriched the Nez Perce. In

Posted in Figurative, Native American, Western Masters Art Show & Sale


I have a love/ hate relationship with these little guys. It’s mostly love of course, but in the summer they eat my drip watering lines, my hoses. I hate to think what they’ve done to the insulation under the bunkhouse….

Posted in Animals, Western Masters Art Show & Sale


This painting was inspired by a camping trip last spring with good friends at Holland Lake. We drove there in a blizzard and woke the next morning to find 5″ of snow. If we had not been meeting friends we

Posted in Waterscape, Western Masters Art Show & Sale


I am celebrating my new web site today with the posting of this painting. I call her Jasmine, although I don’t know that that is her name. Jasmine belonged to my friend Sheila Rieman. I was lucky enough to receive

Posted in Animals, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Catching the Last Rays

As western art week begins in Great Falls next week, I thought I would post something besides western art tonight! I have a love / hate relationship with these little cottontails. Well, it’s mostly love, but I can sure think

Posted in Animals, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Western Masters Friday Quick Finish Event

I just returned from the Western Masters Show in Great Falls, MT – a 6 day event all in all, including setting up and tearing down. I was beat! But – it was also fun to see people I haven’t

Posted in Western Masters Art Show & Sale

A Good Omen

In the Native American cultures, the dragonfly was seen as a good omen, indicative of clean water nearby, and also a symbol of agility and speed. They used the dragonfly design often on their dress and accoutrements. War horses were

Posted in Figurative, Native American, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Night Rider

Over the years, we have moved cows around here on horseback many times, but riding with my rancher friends has usually been a different story all together. With them I have ridden down icy slopes, in a lightening storm on

Posted in Figurative, Western, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

The Oxbow

As you head north from Jackson, Wyoming there’s a side road that takes you east for awhile so that you can turn and look back at the mountains that hold you like a magnet. I was back there on an

Posted in Landscape, The mountains, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Like Kind

I have wrestled some with whether I have “the right” to paint Native Americans, much as I love the subject. The interplay of historical subject, sacred story, beautiful design and artistic treatment of clothing and everyday things are too much

Posted in Figurative, Native American, Western, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Laurie Stevens

Recent Accolades

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.


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