Tour Date: May 22-31, 2012
“I strive to record my first impression, to capture a brief moment or everyday life. What strikes me is not a [particular subject], ‘noun,’ but instead an ‘adjective or even an adverb:’ the mood of a smile, the sense of place, or the movement of time.” —Lori Putnam See more of Lori’s work here
About the Artist:
Lori ’s award-winning oil paintings are a demonstration of intelligent design, confident brushwork, and masterful color. Her subject matter can be anything. “Seemingly ordinary moments and objects become meaningful when you express their beauty.” Lori says every work is like a “time capsule,” stating, “It’s about interpreting a moment, painting from life, capturing the light’s effects, and translating all of that to the canvas for others to experience.” A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works.
Although Lori has an interest in drawing and other art forms since she was very young, she considers herself self-taught, having studied independently, as an adult, with many of the nation’s best painters. Among them, Dawn Whitelaw, Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, Kim English, and Michael Shane Neal are a few she considers her most influential. In 2008 and 2009, Lori traveled to Italy for more than seven months with the sole intention of study, and growth. During this time she painted almost 200 pieces from the southeastern Adriatic coastline to the northeastern Italian Riviera and many towns in between. Her intense work during this period brought a greater maturity to the paintings she creates today.
Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with, many respected organizations including the national and the eastern regional juried exhibitions of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City (SNYC) and the National American Impressionists Society (AIS) juried exhibition. She is currently serving as the Show Chair for the AIS 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition to be held in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California later this year. Lori is an active participant in numerous associations, including the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), The Chestnut Group – plein air painters for the land, The Portrait Society of America (PSA), and the Southern Artist Registry. In 2008 Lori was awarded Signature Member status in International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) and the Plein Air Artist of Colorado (PAAC), both highly regarded, worldwide, plein air painting organizations; in 2009 she gained membership in the Salmagundi Club in New York City (SNYC); and in 2010 was invited to join the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). She has participated in several juried and invitational plein air events across the country from California to Maryland and all points in between, and recently won awards in California, Wyoming, Florida, and Georgia. Her work is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. Lori’s paintings are featured in the book entitled, Painting North Carolina: Impressions in Plein Air, and in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine.
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only) are welcome to come and enjoy the island a their own pace.