Plein air artist Lili Anne Laurin has an impassioned preference for painting out in the elements of nature rather than in the more sterile environment of her comfortable studio. Since moving to Arizona from New Jersey 4 years ago, she has trained her eye on capturing the light and color of the desert. Having painted the more intimate landscapes of the Garden State for more than 10 years, it was an adjustment to take in the vastness of the skies and the sparse yet beautiful desert vegetation of the Copper State. A Canadian native, Laurin studied fine art at Concordia University in Montreal and following a permanent move to the United States, continued to refine her drawing and painting skills at the Art Students League of New York and taking workshops with many esteemed artists, Kenn Backhaus, Greg Beecham and Bill Cramer to name a few.
Her desert paintings reflect the glow of the dramatic sunrises and sunsets that are iconic to the Arizona landscape. It is not unusual for Laurin to get up at 4 in the morning to be set up and painting when the sun rises over the Superstitions. She also makes several yearly excursions to paint at the Grand Canyon, which she considers to be one of the most complex challenging scenes to distill onto a canvas.
Laurin garnered the prestigious Purchase Award at the American Women Artists’ national juried Exhibition for “Lees Ferry Landing” an almost dreamlike interpretation of a peaceful section of the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon Recreational area. This work now hangs at the Tucson Desert Art Museum as part of its permanent collection. She has been juried into many prestigious national shows: Oil Painters of American National, Eastern and Western shows, American Impressionism show and has won many awards, including three “Juries Top Sixty” awards and an Honorable Mention for “Pastoral Longhorn” awarded by the illustrious Max Ginsberg at the Salon International. She has juried memberships in Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists and Women Artists of the West.
“Nature has always been a powerful pull for me and I feel most alive with my creative juices flowing when surrounded by the sights, sounds and scents of our beautiful world. In essence nature is the well-source of inspiration and impetus for my creativity. As an avid plein air painter, my direct experience and observation of nature informs all of my work including works painted in the studio.”