I can appreciate this painting more now, a month or so past
our Winter From Hell. The five weeks
of very cold temperatures and lots of snow became too much here! This scene is
not near home however. It’s on the west slope of the Tetons, near Driggs, ID.
Mule deer are one of my favorite subjects. While there are both
mulies and whitetail on the ranch, I am partial to the mulies, who have the
beautiful big mule like ears. The whitetail tend to claim the best ground for
grazing, and often run the mule deer up into the rockier areas. I guess I
usually root for the underdog!
On this piece, I used both gold and silver metal leaf. I am
happy with the effect and feel it works well with my deer pieces for some
“In the Tall Grass” was one of the pieces I sold at the Out
West Art Show this month in Great Falls, MT. It is 24×24, oil, and gold and silver metal leaf on board.
This is a rework of a painting I’d done earlier, from photos taken during a modeling session in my
studio. The first pass of “Luminaria” was pretty static and monochromatic. I am
liking it better now! This piece is an
Steamboat Springs, CO. in June sounds good to me! I am happy to announce that this painting, Treeline, was juried into the National American Women Artists annual show, to be held at the Steamboat Art Museum, May 24 – September 2, 2019. I am honored to be included, and will be attending!
I have painted this band of trees three times, all paintings being of that time at the end of day, as the silhouette of trees become one graphic shape that is sculpted by the Montana wind.
Bikers have always intrigued me as models, maybe because of their wild and free nature. But until last summer I haven’t had the occasion to get pictures of any of these guys so that I might paint them. At our July ’18 MPA Paint Out, some of us were camped at a campground on Rock Creek, south of Red Lodge, MT.
Deb and I went out painting the last day and came back that night to a campground devoid of artists, or women, except us – in our tiny little campers. The campground had been taken over by bikers getting ready for the Beartooth Rally! Initially, this was a little disconcerting, but by morning we had had some great conversation with a few of the guys camped next to us. Several of them were also nice enough to let me get some good photographs.
I confess I did do some editing of the vest patch verbage, and did try to make my painting a little more generic than my original photos. The subject was great fun and I found a little looser style when doing this painting! I hope to continue in that direction. “Through Rose Colored Glasses” is an oil, 36×24.
Yahoo! I was chosen as a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Non-Commissioned Portrait category, for my painting “The Artist’s Wife”. Lots of symbolism there! This painting, 32×24, was my response to William Merritt Chase’s painting of the same title. I did this piece originally for an American Women Artist’s show at the Haggin Museum in California.
Chase’s painting, dated 1892 is shown below my own piece.
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 accommodating. We painted outdoors in temps ranging between 35 – 45, if I remember right. But then, it’s always good to have a story to tell! This is one of the plein aire pieces I did that weekend. “Near Grasshopper Creek” is an oil, 11×14.
We were lucky in that one of our members, Chuck Fulcher of the Pollo Loco Band performed for us in the bar one night. What a treat that was!
Grasshopper Creek is in the Castle Mountains, near the cool ghost town of Castle!
Thanks to Coeur d’Alene Galleries for selling my painting “Finding a Shady Spot” during their recent “Miniatures by the Lake Show. The painting is an oil, 12 x 12. I had fun getting a little wilder than usual with the palette knife, scraping paint down etc. I plan to do more work like this.
Also, a belated huge thanks to Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish for selling Jack Lyon’s and my cabinet, “Happy Hour” earlier this summer. We were thrilled of course, and happy to know that it was going to live in a beautiful home in the area!
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 leather top, brass studs and an antler door pull. There’s one shelf inside. The cabinet side panels are hand patinaed, corrugated steel.
The lady who bought this piece wanted a second one, to use as a set of bedside tables. So, we did another! On the second one I flipped the painting so they are mirrored images.
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.