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.

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

Artist Statement:

In the wild, animals are elusive, and often seen only briefly. I strive to capture their personalities as well as their appearance, and to give the viewer an awareness that every creature is sentient. I am not painting just living objects, but living souls. My passion for animals runs deep, and 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.

Over a lifetime, I’ve hiked and camped in the wilderness as often as possible, and have learned intense observation skills from the writings of naturalists John Young Tom Brown. As a careful and silent observer, I can retain the memory of light, wind, movement, and the sudden appearance and disappearance of some beautiful creature through the landscape. I am especially fascinated with how animals appear in moonlight. All of this I strive to bring forth with the subtlety of darkness vs. color.

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

Galleries where Laurie’s work has been shown:

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

Mayhew Gallery, Tubac, AZ

Kaewyn Gallery, Bothell, WA

Pura Vida Gallery, Jerome, AZ

Canyons Gallery, Sedona AZ

Kinion Fine Arts, Sedona AZ

Art and Soul Gallery, Bothell, WA

Some of her past shows include:

Sedona Arts Festival, AZ

Glendale Arts Council (AZ) Juried Show 2007 (Patron Purchasse Award)

West Valley Art Museum, AZ

Prescott Fine Arts Fair, AZ

Sedona Arts Center – various juried shows (2nd Place Professional 2007)

Tubac Juried Arts Festival, AZ

Tubac Arts Center Miniature Show 2007

Gallery North Juried Miniature Show, Edmonds, WA 2010, 2011, 2012

Fred Oldfield Western Heritage Center Juried Western and Wildlife Art Show 2010

Shoreline Juried Arts Festival 2010

Bothell  Live Arts 2010, 2011 (honorable mention 2011)

Mountlake Terrace Festival of the Arts juried show 2010 (honorable mention)

Valley Art Show, Duvall WA 2010 (2nd Place)