Growing up in Kansas City, I lived mere blocks from the iconic Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. As a young child, I would wander the halls fascinated by all the artwork and wondering about the people and places portrayed in the paintings. Those visits to the Nelson instilled in me an early love of art and desire to create art myself.
As a self-taught artist, I am on a journey of continual learning and self discovery. I credit many artists for contributing to my art education and I am deeply grateful for their instruction and encouragement. I believe painting from life has been one of my most important teachers.
Each new painting is an authentic effort to capture a moment in time and transport others to a place of discovery and reflection. Whether painting a landscape, historical landmarks or portraits of the people I have met in my travels, I find beauty and meaning in it all. I want to communicate that in my work and love to share it with others.
I have experience in a variety of mediums including graphite, pastel and oil. Today, I focus almost exclusively on oil painting. I enjoy working en plein air (painting outside on location) and in my home studio. I find inspiration in a wide variety of subject matter. I have been accepted to local and national juried exhibitions and have won recognition along the way.
I earned an MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City and spent 22 years as a director of an international nonprofit. I have had the privilege of traveling extensively to many countries around the world. Since 2015, I have focused full-time on producing art.
My husband, David and I split our time between our home in Kansas City and our ranch in the Missouri Ozarks. Our 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren all live nearby. Many know me by my nickname of ‘Laney’.
Memberships Oil Painters of America Portrait Society of America National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society American Plains Artists Missouri Valley Impressionists Society American Impressionists Society