New Portrait Series: Contemporary Impressionist Lori Putnam recently took a trip to Guatemala —
It is an annual trip for Art Ambassadors for a Colorful World, organized with partner Xela-Aid. Putnam is the Vice President of AAFCW whose mission it is to inspire children and adults giving them confidence, joy, and a colorful retreat from everyday life, poverty, and hardship. Several of Putnam’s recent portraits were inspired by the women she met and worked with during this experience.
Each of these women is unique, yet they represent all of me. Their faces tell part of their stories; age, nationality, beliefs. Look into their eyes and you see strength, fear, kindness, wisdom, compassion, pain, and truth. All of them are beautiful, and our world is better for having them in it. – Lori Putnam
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Art Ambassadors for A Colorful World, Guatemala
“As a modern American Impressionist, I capture the expression of a person, the feeling of a place, or the effect of light. Rather than copying the subject, I use paint to interpret the essence of it. If I express beauty in something that may seem ordinary, then I have succeeded.” —Lori Putnam
Lori Putnam 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 — most recently from the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the Oil Painters of America. Putnam’s art is in the permanent collection of The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the Jack Warner Collection, the collection of Plein Air Magazine, and in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.
Featured in numerous issues of Art of the West, 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 year’s more than 750 attendees.