Lori Harris Putnam



Artist Biography and Background

Bio
Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Nashville Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio.

Putnam grew up in the Tennessee countryside. With no neighbors for miles, she credits her love of the outdoors and creative spirit to those many hours spent exploring and entertaining herself as a young child. Her high school art classes became one of the first places she recognized an internal spark for drawing and painting. However, her development as an artist was not realized until much later in life, once her own children were in high school themselves. At age 35 she took up oil painting for the first time. The feel of the paint immediately ignited her love affair with the medium and she knew there was no turning back.

Prior to becoming a full-time, fine artist in 2005, Putnam owned and managed a graphic design company for 13 years. In 2008 and 2009, she and her Mark husband sold their home and 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 experimentation. A catalyst for Putnam's artistic growth, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in an impressive breakthrough. Advice and support from artist friends Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw, have further impacted the artist's development and success.

No stranger to hard work and dedication her work and career soared at an astounding rate, and collectors and publications have taken note. 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 700 attendees annually. Her sold-out workshops are a testament to her gratitude to those who taught and nurtured her.

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, 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, winning awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, Maui, 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 American Impressionist's Society, and the Oil Painters of America. Latest honors for first place were given to her paintings "Up She Rises" in the All Along the Sierra Exhibition in Crockett, California, and "A Bird's Eye View" in the 2016 Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational. 

Museums including The Tucson Museum of Art, The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, and The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana have sought out Putnam's works for exhibition. The High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and the Irvine Museum in California have honored her paintings with significant prizes. Her work has been included in the Out West Art Show and Sale in Great Falls, Montana and the Heart of the West Auction in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She has work in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, The Strotkamp Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. Putnam keeps a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.
Lived
born 1962 Nashville, TN
Region
Tennessee / Italy
Known for
Landscape, Still Life, Interior, Portrait
Studied
Various; 1997–2004
Dawn Whitelaw; Nashville, TN: 2002-2007
Scott Christensen; Victor, ID: 2005/20012
Quang Ho; Denver, CO: 2007-2012
Professions
Painter
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2017, California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, The Autry Museum, Pasadena, CA
2016, Tucson Museum of Art, The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles that Move the Modern West
2016, Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein air Artists’ Choice Best in Show Award for Permanent Collection
2016, Maynard Dixon Country, The Thunderbird Foundation, Mt. Carmel, UT
2016, Maui Plein air Invitational, Irvine Museum Award, Awarded by Jean Stern, Director, Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA
2016, American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence Awarded by Calvin Liang, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, VA
2016, California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, The Autry Museum, Pasadena, CA
2016, The Brinton Museum Small Works Exhibition, Big Horn, WY
2016, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, 5th Place, Landscape
2016, All Along the Sierra Exhibition, First Place, Awarded by Carrie Brewster, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
2015, Olmsted Plein air Invitational, Atlanta, GA, High Museum Judge’s Award, Awarded by Ken Brenneman
2015, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, 5th Place, Landscape
2015, Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, 4th Honorable Mention, Still life
2014, American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Third Place, Awarded by Clayton J. Beck, III, Denver, CO
2014, Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, Still Life Category, Honorable Mention, 2014
2013, Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon, Impressionist Award of Excellence, Awarded by Thom Robinson, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petosky, MI
2013, Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Most Original, Award of Excellence,
Awarded by Sherrie McGraw, Fredericksburg, TX
2013, Portrait Society of America International Member’s Only Exhibition: Landscape Division, Honorable Mention
2013, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Best of Plein air, First Place, Awarded by Jean Stern, Awarded by Jean Stern, Director, Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA
2013, Plein air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition, Second Place, Awarded by Wm. Scott Jennings
2012, Plein air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition, First Place Signature Member Award, Awarded by Joe Anna Arnett, Denver, CO
2012, Los Gatos Plein air Festival, Best of Show, Awarded by Bob Gerbracht, Los Gatos, CA
2012, Salmagundi Club New York City, Certificate of Merit
2012, Richmond Plein Air Festival, Honorable Mention, Awarded by Everette Raymond Kinstler, Richmond, VA
2011, Los Gatos Plein air Festival, Artists’ Choice Award, Los Gatos, CA
2011, Huntsville Museum of Art, Plein air Painters of the Southeast, Huntsville, AL
2008, Cheyene Juried Plein air Competition and Exhibit, Wyoming, Awarded both Artists’ Choice and
Public’s Choice Awards
2006, The Art Academy Museum, Purchase Award, Easton Plein air Invitational, Easton, MD
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2017, Judge, Indiana Heritage Association Exhibition, Nashville, IN
2017, Judge, Art in the Open Plein air Festival, Ireland
2017, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
2017, Maui Plein air Invitational, Lahaina, Maui, HI
2016, Laguna Plein air Painters Association Signature Member Exhibition, Huntington Beach, CA
2016, Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon, Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
2016, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
2016, Laguna Plein air Painters Association Plein air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2016, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
2015, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Along the Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA ?2015, Legacy Gallery Small Works Show, Bozeman, MT and Scottsdale, AZ
2015, Laguna Plein air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2015, American Impressionist Society Annual National Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
2015, Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Birmingham, AL
2015, Western Masters Heart of the West Exhibition and Auction, Coeur d’Alene, ID?2015, Judge, Door County Plein air Invitational, Door County, WI
2015, LPAPA, California Impressionism: Plein air painting, Past and Present, Huntington beach, CA?2015, Solo Exhibition, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA?2015, Spirit of Sedona Keynote Speaker and Guest Artist, Sedona, AZ
2015, Out West Show and Sale, Great Falls, MO
2015, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
2015, Maui Plein Air Invitational, HI
2014, Celebrating Florida’s Landscapes, Solo Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
2014, Laguna Plein air Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2014, Plein air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition, Denver, CO?2014, Judge, Finger Lakes Plein air Competition, Canandaigua, NY
2014, Crested Butte Plein air Invitational, Crested Butte, CO?2014, Salmagundi Masters, New York, NY
2014, Oil Painter’s of America National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT
2014, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
2014, Maui Plein air Invitational
2014, 7 in the Spotlight, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
2013, Art in the Open Plein Air, Wexford, Ireland
2013, Modern Impressionists, Lori Putnam and Murat Kaboulov, two-man exhibit, Nashville, TN
2013, Oil Painters of American National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX
2013, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Less is More Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA
2013, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
2012, Plein air Easton Juried Festival, Easton, MD
2012, Forgotten Coast en Plein air Invitational
Museums
The Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Memberships
Oil Painters of America, 2005, Signature Member
Salmagundi Club NYC, 2006
Laguna Plein air Painters Association, 2011, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society, 2010, Signature Member; 2011 Show Chair; 2012 Vice President
California Plein air painters, 2015, Signature member
Portrait Society of America, 2013
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, 2013
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Signature Member, 2010
International Plein Air Painters, Signature Member, 2006
California Art Club, Out-of-State Artist, 2013
The Chestnut Group, plein air painters for the Land, 2005
Magazine and Media References
Western Art Collector Magazine, “Wildlife Art” September, 2017
American Art Collector Magazine, “Landscapes” September, 2017
Plein Air Magazine, “Nocturnes”, August, 2017
Fine Art Connoisseur, “Today’s Masters: The Timeless Appeal of Horses,” March, 2017
Plein air News Today, “Artists and Conservancy: Conservancy Close to Home,” October, 2016
Plein air News Today, “Artists and Conservancy: When a National Park is Something Else,” September, 2016
Plein air News Today, “Artists and Conservancy: Oyster Reef Restoration,” September, 2016
Plein air News Today, “Artists and Conservancy: Conservancy Close to Home,” October, 2016
Plein Air Magazine , “Shorelines” by Steven M. Doherty, October, 2016
Western Art Collector, “Painting Our National Parks, July 2016
Art of the West, “The Studio of Lori Putnam,” November, 2015
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
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
Other Sources
Art Chat interview by Linda Fisler, November 2014 www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT0uuuN9T7A
Artists Helping Artists Blog Talk Radio with Leslie Saeta, 2013 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=Lori+Putnam
“Your paintings have a wonderful expressive quality about them. The paint and colors are always fresh and clean, and are laid down with a naturalness that is not arrived from techniques. I see refinement and a heightened sensitivity to the finer shapes... which inevitably brings the viewer
Galleries
Castle Gallery
Ft. Wayne, IN
(260) 426-6568
castlegallery.com
info@castlegallery.com

Jack Meier Gallery
Houston, TX
(713) 526-2983
jackmeiergallery.com
michael@jackmeiergallery.com

Legacy Gallery
Bozeman, MT
(406)577-2810
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 945-1113
legacygallery.com
scott@lequiregallery.com

LeQuire Gallery
Nashville, TN
(615) 298-4611
lequiregallery.com
info@lequiregallery.com

RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX
(830) 307-3071
rshannagallery.com
info@rshannagallery.com
Artist Statement
As a Contemporary American Impressionist, what interests me is rarely any specific subject unto itself. Instead I see color harmony, rhythms, patterns, and strong shapes. Weaving in and out, the world at 60 mph, life in real view, this is how I paint. It is fascinating seeing this way. My art engages its viewers, like passersby who have to stop and move in more closely. The work invites them to find their own answers, like following clues to a mystery, and they can become an artist themselves, even if only for a brief time.
Lori Harris Putnam
1225 Breeden Rd
Charlotte, TN  37036
Phone: 6155120929
Styles
American Impressionist, Plein Air, Other
Mediums
Oil
Price Information
Small works avg.: $2400
Large works avg.: $8800