Lori Putnam

Website
http://loriputnam.com
Medium
Oil

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
“As a Contemporary American Impressionist, I capture the character of a person, the difference of a place, and the quality of light. Rather than merely copying my subject, I use paint to respond to it. What interests me is rarely any specific thing unto itself. Color harmonies, rhythms, patterns, and abstract shapes excite me. Seeing the world this way affords me the freedom to explore all subjects. Hopefully, the end result engages viewers and invites them to find their own personal connection to the art.” —Lori Putnam
ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY
Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works in plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. She travels extensively to paint, teach, and share her work around the world. In addition to landscapes, Lori also paints still life and figurative works.
Prior to becoming a full-time, fine artist in 2005, Putnam owned and managed a graphic design agency for 13 years. In 2008 and 2009, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter’s self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnam’s artistic career, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in an impressive breakthrough. Advice from artist friends Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw, has further impacted the artist’s development and success.
Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art of the West, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she shares her philosophy and painting methods with its 750 attendees annually.
Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, California Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and is past Vice President of the American Impressionists Society. Additionally, Lori participates annually in several invitational plein air events, and winning awards in Maui, Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards — most notably from the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. Putnam’s art is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. She keeps a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Oil Painters of America, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club NYC
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society, Signature Member, past Vice President
California Plein air painters, Signature member
Portrait Society of America
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Signature Member
International Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
California Art Club, Out-of-State Artist
AWARDS (recent, selected; complete list available on request)
All Along the Sierra Exhibition, First Place, Awarded by Carrie Brewster, 2016
Art Muse Compettition, Finalist, Feb, 2016, Awarded by Greg LaRock
Maui Plein air Invitational, Irvine Museum Award, Awarded by Jean Stern, 2016
Art Muse Competition, Finalist, Jan, 2016, Awarded by Ken Dewaard
Bold Brush Competition, FineArtStudioOnline, Dec. 2016, 3rd Place, Awarded by Eric Bowman,
Plein Air Salon, Best Landscape, Dec/Jan 2015/16, Awarded by Gary Haynes
Oil Painters of America, Fall 2015 Online Showcase, Honorable Mention, Awarded by Kevin Beilfuss
Portrait Society of America, 2015 Members Only Competition, 5th Place, Landscape
Portrait Society of America, 2015 Members Only Competition, 4th Honorable Mention, Still life
Oil Painters of American Summer 2015 Online Showcase, 3rd Place, Awarded by Kathy Anderson
Plein Air Salon, Best Depiction of Water, April/May 2015, Awarded by Davide Leadman
Oil Painters of America Spring 2015 Online Showcase, Honorable Mention, Awarded by Elizabeth Pollie
Olmsted Plein Air Invitation, High Museum Judge's Favorite, Awarded by Ken Brenneman, 2015
Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon, Honorable Mention Annual Awards, 2014
Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon, Best Buildings, Finalist, Awarded by Ken Auster, 2014
Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Still Life Category, Honorable Mention, 2014
Oil Painters of America Fall Salon, 2nd Place, Awarded by Dan Beck, 2014
Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon, Best Nocturne, Finalist, 2014
Laguna Plein air Painters Invitational, Randy Higbee Gallery Award, 2014
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Third Place, Awarded by Clayton J. Beck, III, 2014
Forgotten Coast Plein air, Honorable Mention, Quick Draw, 2014
Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon, Honorable Mention for Best Floral Overall Award, 2013-2014
Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Stephen M. Doherty
Oil Painters of America, Honorable Mention, 2013, Online Showcase, Awarded by Greg Scheibel
Sedona Plein air Festival, Award of Merit, 2013, Awarded by Jill Carver
Plein air Magazine’s Plein air Salon, Best Floral, 2013, Awarded by Skip Whitcomb
Cumberland Society of Painters, Honorable Mention, 2013, Awarded by Peggi Kroll-Roberts
Plein air Artists of Colorado, Second Place, 2013, Awarded by Wm. Scott Jennings
Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Qiang Huang
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Best of Plein air, First Place, 2013, Awarded by Jean Stern
Richmond Plein air Festival, Honorable Mention, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty
Fast and Fresh, Richmond, VA, Third Place, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty
Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon, Impressionist Award of Excellence, Awarded by Thom Robinson, 2013
Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Most Original, Award of Excellence,
Awarded by Sherrie McGraw, 2013
Bold Brush Competition, Finalist, Awarded by David Cheifetz, December 2012
Portrait Society of America International Member’s Only Exhibition: Landscape Division, Honorable Mention, 2013
Salmagundi Club New York City, Certificate of Merit, 2012
Richmond Plein Air Festival, Honorable Mention, Awarded by Everette Raymond Kinstler, 2012
Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Best of Show, Awarded by Bob Gerbracht, 2012
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, 1st Place Signature Member, Awarded by Joe Anna Arnett, 2012
Women Painters of the Southeast, Juror’s Choice, Awarded by Barbara Flowers, 2012
Art in the Open, Wexford Ireland, Quick Draw, 2011, 2012
Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Artists’ Choice Award, California, 2011
Forgotten Coast, Quick Draw 2009, 2010, 2011
Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival, Georgia, First Place Quick Draw, 2011
Southeastern Regional Plein Air Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence, 2010
Cheyene Juried Plein air Competition and Exhibit, Wyoming, Awarded both Artists’ Choice and
Public’s Choice Awards, 2008
Plein Air Easton, Maryland, Museum Purchase, 2006
PRESS (recent, selected; complete list available on request)
Artists Helping Artists Blog Talk Radio with Leslie Saeta and Debra Huse, 2016
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=Lori+Putnam
Art of the West, “The Studio of Lori Putnam,” November, 2015
Art Chat interview by Linda Fisler, November 2014 www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT0uuuN9T7A
Art of the West, “For the Love of Oils,” May/June 2014
International Plein air Painters interview by Sharon Rusch Shaver, 2014
Fine Art Connoisseur, “Today’s Masters: Three Artists Making Their Mark,” March, 2014
Southwest Art, “Natural Wonders,” Feb. 2014
Artists Helping Artists Blog Talk Radio with Leslie Saeta, 2013 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=Lori+Putnam
Plein Air Magazine, “Chasing the Light Across Countries,” Nov. 2013
Southwest Art, “Plein air Portfolio,” June 2013
Plein Air Magazine, Artist’s Profile, April 2012
Plein Air Magazine, Plein Air Today E-News, April, May, June, and July issues, 2011
American Art Collector Magazine, “Everlasting Objects” January 2011
American Art Collector Magazine, “Timeless Treasures: Still Life Painting Today” March 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, “Dynamic Impressions: AIS Annual Juried Exhibition” October 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, “Exhibition Preview, Grounded in Beauty” August 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, “Oil Painters of America, Making History” June 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, “Fresh Takes on Still Life” April 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, “Finding Beauty in the Ordinary,” August, 2009
Painting North Carolina: Impressions en Plein Air, published by Creative Pursuits, November 2008
American Artist, myamericanartist.com, “Participating in Plein Air Events,” February 2008
EXHIBITIONS (recent, selected; complete list available on request)
2016
Outdoor Painters Society Guest Artist, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
California Art Club 105th Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
All Along the Sierra, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA, First Place
Castle Gallery Valentine Invitational, Fort Wayne, IN
Maui Plein air Invitatonal, HI, Irvine Museum Award

2015
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Home for the Holidays, Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Along the Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Legacy Gallery Small Works Show, Bozeman, MT and Scottsdale, AZ
Laguna Plein air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Birmingham, AL
Outdoor Painters Society Guest Artist, Dallas, TX
Western Masters Heart of the West Exhibition and Auction, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Judge, Door County Plein air Invitational, Door County, WI
LPAPA, California Impressionism: Plein air painting, Past and Present, Huntington beach, CA
Solo Exhibition, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA
Spirit of Sedona Keynote Speaker and Guest Artist, Sedona, AZ
Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, FL
Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA, High Museum Award
Out West Show and Sale, Great Falls, MO
Maui Plein Air Invitational, HI

2014
Celebrating Florida’s Landscapes, Solo Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
Laguna Plein air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA, Randy Higbee Gallery Award
Plein air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO
Judge, Finger Lakes Plein air Competition, Canandaigua, NY
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, 3rd Place
Crested Butte Plein air Invitational, Crested Butte, CO
Salmagundi Masters, New York, NY
Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational, Apalachicola, FL, Honorable Mention Quick Draw
Oil Painter’s of America National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT
Plein air Salon, 2013-14, Finalist
Maui Plein air Invitational
7 in the Spotlight, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
2013
Oil Painters of American Online Showcase, Honorable Mention
Cumberland Society of Painters, Nashville, TN, Honorable Mention
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Best of Plein air, First Place
Plein Air Richmond, Juried Plein air Festival, Honorable Mention
Oil Painters of America Fall Salon, Crooked-Tree Arts Center, Petosky, MI
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, Second Place
Sedona Plein air Festival, Sedona, AZ, Merit Award
“Art in the Open” Plein Air, Wexford, Ireland
Modern Impressionists, Lori Putnam and Murat Kaboulov, two-man exhibit, Nashville, TN
Oil Painter’s of American National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Less is More Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational, Port St. Joe, FL
2012
Salmagundi NYC Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Certificate of Merit
Judge, Easels of Frederick Plein air Festival, Frederick, MD
Plein Air Richmond, Juried Plein air Festival, Honorable Mention
Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO, 1st Place Signature Member Award
Los Gatos Plein air Festival, Best of Show, Los Gatos, CA
Women Painters of the Southeast, Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Choice Award
Plein air Easton Juried Plein air Festival, Easton, MD
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition and Vice President, Indianapolis, IN
Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational, Apalachicola, FL
2011
American Impressionists Society National Juried Exhibition and Show Chair, Carmel, CA
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Group Exhibition, Huntsville Museum of Art
“Art in the Open” Plein Air, Wexford, Ireland
Los Gatos Plein air Festival, Artists’ Choice Award, Los Gatos, CA
Eric Rhoads Publisher’s Invitational, “Paint the Adirondacks”
Randy Higbee, “6x6 Squared” Exhibition
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, “Best of Plein Air” Exhibition
Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival, Pine Mountain, GA, First Place in the Quick Draw Competition
Juror and Judge for the Memphis Germantown Art League National Exhibition
Juror and Judge for the 87th Annual Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis, IN
Plein Air Artists of Colorado Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO
Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational, Honorable Mention Quick Draw, Port St. Joe, FL