Oil paintings for art collectors
LORI PUTNAM (b. 1962), "Tennessee Spring," 2021, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

Lori Putnam: Close to Home
LeQuire Gallery
Through December 31, 2021

LeQuire Gallery will soon exhibit approximately two dozen paintings created by Tennessee native Lori Putnam over the last two years. When the pandemic made her energetic travel schedule of teaching and lecturing impossible, the artist turned to something “dear to my heart” — the four distinct seasons with which Tennessee is blessed.

Looking closely at the abundant flora and fauna of her region, and mindful that this is the 225th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood, Putnam applied her impressionistic eye to winter, spring, summer, and autumn, each represented by five or six pieces ranging in size from 8 x 10 inches to 36 x 48 inches.

Born in Nashville and now living 40 miles to its west, Putnam grew up with no neighbors in sight, a fact she credits for sparking her creativity through many hours entertaining herself. Today she paints small to medium works in plein air and larger compositions back in the studio, mindful of the essential and invigorating connection between the two.

Having painted and taught in nearly 20 countries, Putnam knows she will eventually get back on the road. Her activities will probably include teaching at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (as she has done for six years), and representing Art Ambassador for a Colorful World, an internationally active organization founded by fellow artist Kevin Macpherson to help children and adults express their vision of the world through art.

Putnam and her colleagues believe that children who make art develop life skills such as cooperation, confidence, and leadership, and that art provides a colorful retreat from everyday life.


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