Laurie Lee – 2020 Brinton 101
Laurie J. Lee’s interest in art began when she was very young. Having an artistic mother provided her with more opportunities to explore that interest and continue to develop what would become her passion and future career. Her subjects usually involve western themes that are, in part, obtained by helping with local cattle drives, attending brandings, and generally, just living life out west.
Laurie’s work has been featured in many publications including Western Horseman, Art Talk, Equine Images, Inform Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Rocky Mountain Rider (cover) and the cover of Southwest Art magazine. She has shown her work in several national art shows including the National Watercolor Society’s Art Exhibition in Los Angeles, the Charlie Russell Art Museum’s Western Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana, the Montana Watercolor Society’s show in Butte, the Mountain Oyster Club Art Show in Tucson, the National Wildlife Museum’s Western Visions Show in Jackson, WY. and for several years has been showing in the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Cowgirl Up Art show in Wickenburg, AZ.
Some of her awards include “Best Watermedia/ Acrylic” at the 24th Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, Arizona, “First Place 2 Dimensional Art ” at the 2007 Cowgirl Up Show in Wickenburg, AZ., a Limited Edition Print selection at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show for 2007, 2011, and 2012, and a poster selection in 2010. Laurie was chosen as the Honored Artist for the 2016 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, WY and she received the Peter Fillerup award at the 2019 Buffalo Bill Art Show. Laurie is represented by the Big Horn Galleries of Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona, the West Lives on Gallery of Jackson, Wyoming and the Mountain Trails Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“My mother was an artist. I have fond memories about the age of five sitting at the kitchen table drawing anything and everything. Horses were a favorite subject and she showed me where the withers were located. It’s funny how something so seemingly unimportant can stick with you. But it helped play a role in my future career choice. And I couldn’t be happier. I get such joy from seeing the canvas come alive. I’ve learned a lot from those first drawings done at the kitchen table and I will never stop learning.” Laurie Lee