Oil painting of poppies on a hillside in Arizona with mountains in the background

Record Highs
By Lori Putnam
36 x 48 in.
Oil on linen
Available through Mary Williams Fine Arts

Record Highs is aptly named from the trip that sparked its conception. A studio work, it was completed following a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, to paint studies during a record-breaking heat wave. The poppies were also especially tall that year.

When viewed in a photograph, Putnam’s work may appear tightly rendered. But upon seeing it in person, viewers are instantly engaged by thick, expressive paint. The artist is rarely interested in any specific subject. Like a magnet, she is immediately attracted to natural harmonies, rhythms, and patterns. She believes it is important to draw the viewer in, then let them explore her paintings. They become artists themselves for a brief moment, and begin to see the world in a different way.

Lori Putnam’s paintings have received many highly-coveted awards, including most recently, the $15,000 Grand Prize in the PleinAir Salon’s 10th Annual Awards announced in April, 2021.

The artist paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio in Charlotte, Tennessee. Visit www.loriputnam.com for more.