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Red Dog

The west was a wild place, and still can be! I’m guessing we’ve all heard the stories. Here, I’ve made up my own story, or at least part of it. You can fill in the details! My model, Robert Culbertson,

Posted in Figurative, Portrait, Western

A Tune for Blue

When building the studio these last few years, we had two college boys working on the project. They were both great kids, Montana boys, hard workers. Recently I corralled them and made them pose for me. We had a lot

Posted in Figurative, Western

Summer photo shoots

Not having lots of uninterrupted time for painting in the summer (think cows, ranch, etc…) I am doing a few photo shoots and am excited to get to painting regularly again! Here are a very few peeks, just to keep

Posted in Figurative, Portrait, Western


I had taken last night’s post down on second thought, but I will repost this painting, as a friend who was up late also last night saw it and asked about it. This is not the way I want to

Posted in Figurative, Western

Buck Up and Huck It!

Ready for our room at the Out West Art Show will be this wine cabinet that Jack Lyons and I have done. Jack has made the gorgeous cabinet, a one of a kind piece, of alder. No particle board here!

Posted in Figurative, Furniture pieces, Out West Art Show & Sale, Rodeo, Western

No Man Runs Him

I was happy to be asked to participate in Bella Muse Gallery’s “Boots Required” Show, July 3 – August 31 in Ogden Utah. Bella Muse is owned by two great artists and friends, Elizabeth Robbins and Shanna Kunz. If you’re

Posted in Figurative, Western


It’s about time I get my act together and post some paintings! I’ve got many in the works now, getting ready for the “Outwest Art Show & Sale” at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT. next week! I’m in

Posted in Figurative, Out West Art Show & Sale, Western

’14 Fall NOAPS International Online Competition

I’ve posted this painting a few times before but just wanted to mention that it was chosen as one of the Top 150 in the 2014 Fall National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International Online Competition. (Whew. That’s a mouth

Posted in Figurative, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International Online Competition, Western

My Russell Auction piece

I’m happy to announce that this piece, “Always Be Ready to Ride” was chosen to be in The Russell Live Auction – to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. on Saturday night March 21, 2015. This is

Posted in Figurative, The Russell, Western

Jingle Bob

While I’m at it, I thought I would post one of the pieces that will be in our two person show at Creighton Block Gallery, opening July 1st and running through July 18th. Again, the other person in the show

Posted in Creighton Block Gallery, Figurative, Portrait, Western

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.