photo of artist Lori Putnam in front of her work, the grand prize winner of Plein Air Salon, 2021
Lori Putnam in front of her painting Safe Harbor, 30x40, oil, 2020, Winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize Plein air Salon, 2021

How did you get started and then develop your career and How do you describe success?
Lori Putnam: Although I had a strong love of drawing and painting as a child, fine art, its history, and the desire to learn to paint did not come into my life until my mid-30s. Gratefully, incredibly talented and giving artists shared their knowledge with me and encouraged me along the way. Many times, I felt discouraged, but I have much determination and a fierce work ethic. Learning and developing painting skills is incredibly difficult. We all know that. But having the courage to put yourself out there and invest the time needed to develop the career side is also a huge part of the equation. Having reached a certain level of comfort in my career, I am finally able to prioritize my own artistic exploration over all else. That is my personal definition of success; the art comes first.

To see more of Lori’s work, visit:

oil painting of Talbot House, large white house from side view
Lori Putnam, Talbot House, 36 x 24 in., oil, 2022.
oil painting of sunlight river
Lori Putnam, Tennessee Ford, 36 x 48 in., oil, 2021


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