This exhibition includes select paintings from the larger body of work Lori Putnam: Far From Home.
Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm
Museum admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students, free for TVAA members
Modern Impressionism stretches the boundaries with artists painting in styles ranging from near realism to almost abstraction. Putnam’s work is closer to the latter.
Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Nashville native Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. Having painted and taught in more than 20 different countries (including Ukraine, New Zealand, Guatemala, much of Europe and the UK), she believes that works created from life help her maintain freshness in her studio paintings as well.
Lori Putnam (b. 1962) grew up in the Tennessee countryside. With no neighbors for miles, she credits her love of the outdoors and creative spirit to those many hours spent by herself as a young child. Her high school art classes became one of the first places she recognized an aptitude for drawing and the desire to paint. However, it was many years and career choices later (including running a graphic design company) that Putnam considered a life as a fine artist.
Needing time for more intense focus, she and her husband, Mark, sold their home and belongings and traveled in 2008 to the Italian countryside to live for eight months with the sole purpose of self-study and artistic experimentation. A catalyst for Putnam’s artistic growth, the concentrated work accomplished during that period resulted in a personal breakthrough.
No stranger to hard work and dedication, Putnam is now recognized as one of the top living artists today. Her paintings are highly sought after by collectors. They have been featured in numerous past issues of Western Art Collector, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, and more. Museums, including The Tucson Museum of Art, The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, and many more have sought out Putnam’s works for awards, exhibitions, and permanent collection.
In 2019 she accepted an appointment as Vice President of Art Ambassador for a Colorful World and travels often to work with children in less advantaged areas. These experiences shed light on her purpose. Putnam says, “It is finally clear why I am here on the Earth. Bringing joy and laughter amidst the most horrific circumstances fills my soul.”
In 2021, Putnam won both the $15,000 Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award for the Plein air Salon Competition. The awards went to two different paintings and were chosen from more than 8,000 entries.