Lori Putnam

Bigfork · Tucson · ​Whitefish

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Lori Putnam


Lori Putnam grew up in the Tennessee countryside. With no neighbors for miles, she credits her vision and creative spirit to those many hours spent entertaining herself as a young child. Her spark for drawing and painting began early, but her development as an artist was not realized until much later. At age 35 she began the journey to what has become a life-long commitment to art. The feel of oil paint ignited her love affair with the medium and she knew there was no turning back.

Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. Having painted and taught in nearly 20 different countries, she believes that works created from life help her maintain freshness in her studio paintings as well.

Putnam is now recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. She served as an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention for six years and has been keynote speaker and guest lecturer at many other notable events in the U.S. and abroad. Her many exhibitions include but are not limited to the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, and the American Impressionists Society. When not traveling to paint, teach, or lecture, Putnam works in her studio in Charlotte, Tennessee.