Laurie Adams works primarily in watercolor but also utilizes a variety of media, such as acrylic, charcoal, collage, pencil, water-based oils, glass and more. She is primarily an artist of naturalistic realism but has experimented with other styles such as expressionism and impressionism. Her choice of subject matter varies from portraits of animals and people, landscapes, still-life and more. She has done many private commissions as well as book covers and also art for local theatre productions. Nostalgia is a frequent theme of her work, but she has also addressed social issues such as homelessness and world conservation. She graduated in 2021 with a BFA in Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She works out of her studio in Broomfield and is also a member artist and teacher at pARTiculars Art Gallery and teaching studio in Lafayette, CO. She is available for commissions.
I come from an artistic family so I have always loved art in many forms. During the last 15 years or more I have experimented with a variety of different media such as watercolor, acrylic, pastels and charcoal. I have also created art in different styles such as naturalistic Realism, Impressionism and Expressionism. My subject matter is varied as well.
Recently, the overriding theme of my work has been one of nostalgia with some of my paintings and drawings drawing from the Vanitas style of painting which use symbolism to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. Many of the objects I depict represent items that were owned by my own family members.
Nostalgia is something that hits us all at one time or another, but increasingly so later in life. It is often a pleasant memory although it can frequently be tinged with sadness. During our lives, we are obsessed with objects that mean something to us or hold onto them because they meant something to someone else. I think about all the “used” things I have bought or seen at thrift stores or antique shops. I often wonder about the stories behind these objects and how or why they were important to the people that owned them. I am also wistful and saddened about those lost stories and lonely objects and want to give new meaning to those items.
Laurie Lee Adams
Born 1960, Seattle, Washington
Currently lives and works in Broomfield, Colorado
2021 BFA in Art, with a painting concentration at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
2019 Fall Provost Honors Roll
2018 Fall Provost Honors Roll
2018- present Member artist and teacher at pARTiculars Art Gallery and Teaching studio, Lafayette, CO.
2013-present Business owner of Lorelei Arts
2002-present Self-employed artist
2018 January - Lorelei Arts - Studio Open House, Broomfield, CO
2012 Cottonwood Winery, Denver, CO
2009 Private show, Denver, CO
2021 November-December - BFA Thesis Exhibition – Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO
2019 February - NEXT Gallery, Pretty in Pink, (Casa Bonita themed), Lakewood, CO
2018 November - Juicebox Gallery, Twelve Steps - Works from MSU, Denver, CO
November - Particulars Gallery - 6x6 Holiday Show, Lafayette, CO
September - Athena Project - Inside Out - 40West Arts, Lakewood, CO
August - 40West Arts - Lakewood, CO
April - Emmanuel Gallery, Metro Now Show, Denver, CO
February -NEXT Gallery, The Pink Palace (An homage to Casa Bonita), Lakewood CO
2017 First Friday Exhibit at Landt Creative Space, Denver, CO
2016 Exhibitor at Denver Chili Festival, Broomfield, CO
Exhibitor at Taste of Fleet, Aurora, CO
2012 First Friday Exhibit at Landt Creative Space, Denver, CO
2011 City of Englewood Art Show, Hampden Hall, Englewood, CO
2010 Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO
2009 City of Englewood Art Show, Englewood, CO
2007 "From the Garden" Juried exhibit - Lakewood Arts Council, Lakewood, CO
"Country Fair Goes Wild" - Pigs on Pedestals - Benefit for Families First, Denver, CO
2002-2008 Other exhibits
City of Littleton “Own and Original Art Show” Three years in a row.
Painted Palette Student Art Show – Instructor Alma Sanburn
2018 Honorable Mention, Next Gallery, "Pink Palace", homage to Casa Bonita. "Velvet Night." Sold.
2018 “Seasons of Change” Winner of Metropolitan State University of Denver poster contest Spring 2018.
2016 Honorable mention, Renoartio Online Publication
2009 Honorable mention, City of Englewood Art show
2018 KUSA news story about Next Gallery's "Pink Palace" exhibit. My painting "Velvet Night" is shown three times. http://kusa-vh.akamaihd.net/i/video/8016915/8016915_,350,640,1000,2000,.mp4.csmil/master.m3u8