A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Lori Putnam travels all over the world, painting small to medium-sized plein air sketches and finished works. She also creates large-scale paintings in her studio located in nearby Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 2005, Lori owned and managed a successful graphic design agency for 13 years. Although Lori has had an interest in drawing and other art forms since she was very young, she considers herself self-taught, having studied independently as an adult, with many of the nation’s best painters. Quang Ho, Scott Christensen, and Kim English are a few she considers her most influential, and she is honored to exhibit regularly in their elite company.
In 2008 and 2009, Lori traveled to Italy for more than seven months with the sole intention of study and growth. During this time she painted almost 200 pieces from the southeastern Adriatic coastline to the northeastern Italian Riviera and many towns in between. Her intense work during this period brought a greater maturity to the paintings she creates today. She enjoys sharing this growth with her students across the U.S., the Caribbean, and in Europe.
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