Bug’s-Eye View of a Collared Lizard


This is a close-up of the little collared lizard  –  that’s not a mispelling  –  “collared” means it has a collar of dark stripes at its neck. They live in the desert Southwest and Mexico, eating insects and grubs. To a human, these little ones look cute and benign, but to a bug they are monsters!

Reptiles are one of my favorite subjects; they look like little jewels and their scales shine in the sun.



Welcome to Art of the Wild, the wildlife art website of artist Laurie Riley.

Media: Laurie Riley works in acrylic and/or scratchboard, When using both media in one painting, she considers it mixed media, as some of the painted areas are opaque while others are traditional scratchboard with color added. This produces the ability to make the subject look as detailed and as real as possible without any limitations in either medium.

To purchase a painting, please contact Laurie at laurie.riley@live.com

Artist Bio:
Laurie Riley’s passion for wildlife is evident in her detailed, award-winning paintings. Much of her life has been spent immersed in the beauty of nature and wildlife observation.

Laurie was fortunate in her teen years to be tutored by a nature artist from the Wedgewood Company of England, and had her first one-person gallery show at the age of 16, in Morristown, New Jersey. She then received a scholarship to study art and music at Marlboro College, Vermont. As a young adult, Laurie explored graphic arts, illustration, and jewelry making, selling at East Coast and Colorado fine craft shops, galleries, and major art fairs for many years. Laurie began a professional career as a full-time touring harpist in 1985, and traveled extensively to perform in concerts over a span of 30 years. She began painting again after retiring from her music career.

Her paintings have been shown in galleries in the discerning art communities of Sedona, Tubac, and Jerome, Arizona; and in Seattle-area galleries and juried shows listed below. Her work was featured on the cover of the June 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association. Most recently, her painting “Iguana” has won Best in Animals and Wildlife category in the 2019 online exhibition of the International Guild of Realism. The show is online from March 20 to May 20, 2019. See it at   http://www.realismguild.com/exhibitions/current.php

Laurie is a member of the International Guild of Realism and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.

Laurie currently shows her work in juried shows, and in her home by appointment.

Artist Statement:

In the wild, animals are elusive, and often seen only briefly. To bring a true appreciation of their personalities to the viewer, every pose and expression must be real, without added sentimentality or idealism. I strive to give the viewer an awareness that every creature is sentient. It is my intention to inspire the viewer to support the preservation of wildlife and habitat, and the right of every wild-born animal to roam free.  Viewers, many of whom may not have the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitats, have remarked to me that when they spend time with my paintings, they develop a deep relationship with them. I am grateful that my work inspires such meaningful experience.

Click on “About Laurie Riley” for a list of galleries and juried shows where Laurie’s work has been shown.