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 is a signature member of Artists for Conservation, an award-wining 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. Her work has also 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 most often 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, every pose and expression is real, 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 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.

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.