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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

Posted in Landscape, Montana Painters Alliance, The mountains

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

Posted in Landscape, The mountains

Who-hoo! A Portrait Society competition winner!

I’m so excited! I was just notified that I was chosen as a winner in the Portrait Society of America Member’s Only Competition! My landscape “Milk and Honey was awarded 10th Place in the Landscape division. As there were 1,083

Posted in Landscape, Portrait Society of America, The mountains

Missouri River – a Student Critique

Photoshop is fun because you can quickly play around with something to get some good results. This is another student piece from which I did a quick PS critique. I felt she needed to decide what her subject was within

Posted in Student Critiques, The mountains

Storm Coming In

This painting just sold today in Big Sky. Thank you Creighton Block Gallery, and buyers! “Storm Coming In” is an oil, 30″ x 40″.

Posted in Big Sky, Creighton Block Gallery, Landscape, The mountains

Off to Jackson!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had about 6″ of snow on Christmas so had a perfect setting for the day. We’re off to Jackson tomorrow morning for the Reception for out show, Artist 2 Artist at Altamira

Posted in Altamira Fine Art, Kelsey Gilleon, Landscape, The mountains, Wild flowers

Storm Coming In

I wish it looked like this here these days. It’s still in the 90’s – and the end of September! This is a larger piece, 30 x 40. At first I had a lot of cloud movement blowing through, but

Posted in Creighton Block Gallery, Landscape, The mountains

Rhapsody & Harmony

I’m not sure where titles come from but this one jumped out at me and I like it. I borrowed some colors from Tom’s palette for this one, notably the Manganese Blue which he often uses instead of the Cerulean

Posted in Creighton Block Gallery, Landscape, The mountains

Thanks Creighton Block and Altamira!

We enjoyed a great reception for our show in Big Sky on Tuesday. Thanks so much to Colin, Paula, Courtney and Karen of Creighton Block Gallery and to Mark and Dean from Altamira Fine Art. You all did so much

Posted in Altamira Fine Art, Creighton Block Gallery, Landscape, The mountains

Storm Over the Mountains

When spending time near Jackson, Wyoming, you just can’t take your eyes off these mountains, but then I suppose anyone who’s ever been there knows that. I did this painting for the Jackson Trailside Galleries Masters in Miniature Show that

Posted in Landscape, The mountains, Trailside Galleries Masters in Miniature Show

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.