Laura Reilly was born in 1959, in Plattsburg, New York, to a military family. She spent her childhood living and traveling in the American Southwest, England and Europe. Laura’s natural artistic gift and early exposure to the worlds’ rich historic and artistic heritage set her on an early path to a career as a professional artist.
In 1981, she married Jack Reilly, master welder and metal sculptor, and settled in Colorado Springs. Laura continued to pursue her passion to paint while raising her two young sons, Jesse Arlen and Jack Morgan Reilly, and working full-time first as an accountant, then as a District Court Clerk. Painting at night and on weekends, and around work and children’s schedules, Laura built a reputation as a Leading American Impressionist Painter.
Laura has been a full-time professional artist since 1998, and owns her own gallery in Colorado Springs. Several other galleries also represent her work.
Her one-of-a-kind original oil paintings appear in many private and corporate collections. She is in frequent demand as a guest artist, special juror, and guest instructor.
Phoenix Community College, Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs. Master studies with noted artists Jeffrey Legg, Kim English, Merrill Mahaffey, Betty Braig, Tom Owen, Ray Vinella
Selected Awards and Honors:
November 2008 - Own Your Own, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo Co
September 2008 - Art for Land's Sake, Palmer Land Trust Invitational, Colorado Springs, Co
May 2007 - Invited Guest Artist, St. Avips Invitational Art Auction, Joplin, MO
April 2007 - Artist in Residence, by Special Invitation, Hot Springs National Park
March 2007 - Featured Artist, "Beauty and the Brush" Plein Air Invitational,
Garvan Woodland Gardens
KTSC TV - 2004 - Featured Artist
Judge’s Award - International Art Show, Raton, NM
Judge’s Award - Victor Celebrates the Arts, Victor, CO
Judge’s Award - Commonwheel Labor Day Arts Festival, Manitou Springs, CO Guest Curator - Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO Guest Juror - Colorado Springs Art Guild Invitation Cover Artist - Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Party Arty Founder - Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters
the artist's website
Information provided by Steven Hale, Best of the West Auctions.