"As a Contemporary American Impressionist, I capture the character of a person, the difference of a place, the color of time. Rather than merely copying my subject, I use paint to express it. What interests me is rarely any specific thing unto itself. Color harmonies, rhythms, patterns, shapes, and my response to these elements excite me. Seeing the world in this way gives me the freedom to interpret any subject. The end result, the art itself, engages its viewers and brings them into my world."

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Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, Nashville Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works in plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. She travels extensively to paint, teach, and share her work around the world.

Prior to becoming a full-time, fine artist in 2005, Putnam owned and managed a graphic design agency for 13 years. In 2008 and 2009, she and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to Italy to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painterís self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnamís artistic career, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in an impressive breakthrough. Advice from artist friends Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw, has further impacted the artistís development and success.

Featured in numerous issues of American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, and Southwest Art, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she recently shared her philosophy and painting methods with this yearís more than 750 attendees.

Lori is a member of, and has exhibited with many respected organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, the California Art Club, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and is past Vice President of the American Impressionists Society. Additionally, Lori participates annually in several juried and invitational plein air events, and recently won awards in Virginia, Colorado, California, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, and Ireland. Her studio work has also received many awards ó most recently from the oldest art club in America, the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. Putnamís art is in the permanent collection at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections, and galleries worldwide. She keeps a studio in Franklin, TN.

Click the links below to read recent articles. (Complete bibliography upon request.)

International Plein air Painters Interview by Sharon Rusch Shaver

For the Love of Oils May 2014.

Today's Masters: Artists Making Their Mark by Peter Trippi, April 2014.

Natural Wonders by Lindsay Mitchel, Feb., 2014.

When Success is the Only Option by Stephen M. Doherty, April, May, 2012.

Chasing the Light Across Countries by Stephen M. Doherty, Oct., Nov., 2013.

AWARDS & EXHIBITS (selected)

(Awards, selected)
Laguna Plein air Invitational, Randy Higbee Gallery Award, 2014
Plein air Magazine's Plein air Salon, Best Nocturne, 2014
Third Place, American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, 2014, Awarded by Clayton J. Beck, III
Honorable Mention, Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein air, Quick Draw, 2014
Honorable Mention, Plein air Magazine Salon, 2014
Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Stephen M. Doherty
Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, 2013, Online Showcase, Awarded by Greg Scheibel
Award of Merit, Sedona Plein air Festival, 2013, Awarded by Jill Carver
Best Floral, Plein air Magazine Competition, 2013, Awarded by Skip Whitcomb
Honorable Mention, Cumberland Society of Painters, 2013, Awarded by Peggi Kroll-Roberts
Second Place, Plein air Artists of Colorado, 2013, Awarded by Wm. Scott Jennings
Raymar Art Finalist, 2013, Awarded by Qiang Huang
First Place, Laguna Plein air Painters Association, Best of Plein air, 2013, Awarded by Jean Stern
Honorable Mention, Richmond Plein air Festival, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty
Third Place, Fast and Fresh, Richmond, VA, 2013, Awarded by Steven Doherty
Impressionist Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon, Awarded by Thom Robinson, 2013
Most Original, Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Awarded by Sherrie McGraw, 2013
Finalist, Bold Brush Competition, Awarded by David Cheifetz, December 2012
Portrait Society of Americaís International Memberís Only Exhibition: Landscape Division, Honorable Mention, 2013
Certificate of Merit, Salmagundi Club New York City, 2012
Honorable Mention, Richmond Plein Air Festival, Awarded by Everette Raymond Kinstler, 2012
Best of Show, Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Awarded by Bob Gerbracht, 2012
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, 1st Place Signature Member, Awarded by Joe Anna Arnett, 2012
Women Painters of the Southeast, Jurorís Choice, Awarded by Barbara Flowers, 2012
Art in the Open, Wexford Ireland, Quick Draw, 2011, 2012
Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, California, Artistsí Choice Award, 2011
Americaís Great Paintout, Floridaís Forgotten Coast, Quick Draw 2009, 2010, 2011
Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival, Georgia, First Place Quick Draw, Awarded by Jean Stern, 2011
Southeastern Regional Plein Air Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence, 2010
Cheyene Juried Plein air Competition and Exhibit, Wyoming, Awarded both Artistsí Choice and Publicís Choice Awards, 2008
Plein Air Easton, Maryland, Museum Purchase Award, 2006


For information on commissioned works, please e-mail Lori:
Phone: (615) 512-0929


American Impressionist Society, Past Vice President and Signature Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member
Portrait Society of America
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Signature Member
California Art Club
Salmagundi Club NYC
International Plein Air Painters, Signature Member
Oil Painters of America
The Chestnut Group plein air painters for the land


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Phone: (615) 512-0929
Mail: Lori Putnam, The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd. Bldg 11 Suite HH, Franklin, TN 37064