“I strive to record my first impression, to capture a brief moment or everyday life. What strikes me is not a [particular subject], ‘noun,’ but instead an ‘adjective or even an adverb:’ the mood of a smile, the sense of place, or the movement of time.”
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.
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, 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 juried and invitational plein air events, and recently won awards in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards — most recently from the oldest art club in America, the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her work is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, and most recently, Plein Air Magazine, Lori is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. She has been chosen as an Artist Faculty member for the Annual Plein Air Convention, hosted by Plein Air Magazine, for the past two years.