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Seeing Double

One last pic of both Rex Flour paintings on the easel. They are each 18.5″h x 9.5″W. #handcraftedfurniture, #molesworthstylefurniture, #grainsilo, #rexflour, #americana, #oilpainting, #landscapepainting

Posted in Americana, Collaborations with Jack Lyons, Farm / Ranch, Furniture pieces

“Rex Flour” Cabinet

I’ve had a lot of fun doing collaborations with Jack Lyons, my cabinet maker friend. The painting for this piece was inspired by a grain elevator not far from here. Jack made this great cabinet of alder with a red

Posted in Americana, Collaborations with Jack Lyons, Farm / Ranch, Furniture pieces, Jack Lyons

Mother Nature’s Display

I enjoy, as I suppose most artists do, trying different things. I had done a series of whiter paintings this spring and that was quite interesting. I will revisit that direction again. Mother Nature’s Display borders on being a nocturnal.

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Landscape, The Ranch

Bennington ad!

Just one more time will I mention the American Women Artists Show at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT. And with that mention, I am proud to post the ad for the show, done by The Bennington,

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Farm / Ranch, Landscape

American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition

American Women Artists congratulates the following artists for being selected as our finalists in the 2016 National Juried Exhibition. Their work will be shown alongside works by our Master & Signature members at the Bennington Center for the Arts, September

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Farm / Ranch


I’m finally getting a breath after Art Week and then an immediate marathon for a Quick Finish in Big Sky for the Big Sky Auction for Arts. “Dusk” is a little painting I did recently. It’s an oil, 8″ x

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Landscape

Tiny paintings – Silent Auction

In my room 176 at the Out West Art Show next week I’m going to put up for Silent Auction some small sketches, 12 – 14 of them. Most of them are landscapes of the ranch, 5″x7″. You can easily

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Landscape, Out West Art Show & Sale

Golden Time

This painting is about transition. I am drawn to this time of day, when the colors are saturated and the shadows long and deep. This golden time happens only twice in a twenty four hour period. How special is that?

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Landscape, Out West Art Show & Sale

June on the Ranch

Things don’t stay green here for long, so spring and early summer are a time when I love to be outdoors. This painting was inspired by one of those June evenings. “June on the Ranch” is an oil, 11 x

Posted in Bella Muse Gallery, Farm / Ranch, Landscape

Ol’ Reliable

I thought I’d post another rusty vehicle painting. I’ve been told by a friend that this is a 1946 Chevy COE. The lines of these old rounded trucks and cars is compelling, and the rust only adds character! Ol’ Reliable

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Going to the Sun Gallery, Vehicles

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.