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. However, her development as an artist was not realized until much later in life, when 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. 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 ConnoisseurWestern Art Collector, and Art of the West, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time.

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 Impressionists 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.

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“What interests me is rarely any specific subject unto itself. Strong vertical winter tree trunks, no two alike, cast squiggly shadows on clumps of snow. This is the world at 60 mph – life in real time. This is how I paint. Like passengers, we are engaged by these shapes colors and our eyes make sense of it all. We follow clues to a mystery; we want to move in and look more closely. The reality, however, becomes more apparent from a distance. From there we can see both the forest and the trees.

Lori Putnam about "Snow Mass"

“As I was painting along a beautiful creek bank in the Rockies, I heard several horses crossing just upstream. What a glorious site to see each one, surefooted, attacking the approaching hillside. This perfect silhouette of the white horse and its rider outlined against the brilliant white cloud literally took my breath away. As they continued up and over, passing behind the wind-swept trees and down the other side, I remained completely still. I was as blessed – as if I had received a gift: magnificent dark shapes cut-out like a stencil against the light.

Lori Putnam about "Up and Over"

“Cow weaving each into the next. These are the beautiful, rounded bodies are only occasionally defined by a highlight or their characteristically white trimmings. This is how I view life. The color harmony of warm yellow grasses and rusty Herefords; the rhythm of their large masses joined together into one large shape; docile and curious cattle huddle in a pile waiting for rain.

Lori Putnam about "Cow Pile"