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

Click on a link on the left of this page to see the artworks.

Media: Laurie Riley works in acrylic, scratchboard, and/or fine art color pencil.

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

Artist Bio:

Laurie Riley is a signature member of Artists for Conservation, an award-winning member of the International Guild of Realism, and a board member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Her astoundingly detailed work has been shown in several international online juried shows, and prizes include “Best of Animals and Wildlife” in the 2019 online exhibition of the International Guild of Realism. She isĀ  the recipient of the prestigious Featured AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for August 2020., and her painting “Iguana” will be shown in the 2020 Artists for Conservation show.

Laurie’s work has previously been shown in galleries in the discerning art communities of Sedona, Tubac, and Jerome, Arizona; in Seattle-area galleries and juried shows, and in her own gallery. Laurie’s work was featured on the cover of the June 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association.

Viewers remark that Laurie’s paintings depict the soul of the animal as well as the finest details of its physical appearance. “It’s as though he’s speaking to me,” is an often-heard comment in her gallery. To bring a true appreciation of their personalities to the viewer, each pose and expression is realistic, without added idealism; yet there is something more happening here than just paint and canvas. Laurie strives to give the viewer an awareness that every creature is sentient. It is her intention to inspire the viewer to support the preservation of wildlife and habitat, and the right of every wild-born animal to roam free. Laurie’s patrons have remarked that when they spend time with her paintings, they develop a deep relationship with them. Laurie is grateful that her work inspires such meaningful experience.

Much of her life has been spent immersed in the beauty of nature and wildlife observation, where she finds inspiration.

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 then spent 30 years as a professional touring harpist. She began painting again in 2005.

Laurie currently shows her work in juried shows, and in her private gallery in Port Townsend Washington State, by appointment.

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