Landscape paintings by Laverne Bohlin have been described as colorful, serene and peaceful. "I love the outdoors and find a serenity and expansiveness in natural settings that I don't find elsewhere," Laverne says. Although her work often depicts ordinary scenes that are experienced by many, looking, seeing and recording the effects of light on the landscape is the essence of her work.
Laverne's love of art and nature began in a resort town on Lake Erie where she was born and raised. As a three year old, she was found with crayon in hand, absorbed in scribbling on the walls in her bedroom. She studied fine art in college and spent summers working as a portrait artist in an amusement park. The majority of her art education was at the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While attending Michigan, her education was directed towards the study of abstract art. Additional workshops with Richard McKinley, Doug Dawson, Jimmy Wright, Susan Sarback, Marla Baggetta, Michael Chesley and Terri Ford focused on a more realistic depiction of the natural world.
Using pastel or oil paint, Bohlin's work mainly depicts the landscape and flora of the Midwest and the Southwest. "I look for areas where nature has been allowed to flourish in addition to painting cultivated gardens," she says. "Living in an urban area caused me to focus on the remnants of natural areas that are close to my home. Horticultural classes taught plant identification and helped me realize the importance of the local ecology and stewardship of the land. I am inspired to make art that shares my love of the natural world and heightens others awareness of the environment."
Her sensitive paintings and drawings have received numerous awards and are included in many private collections In addition to participating in a number of local and national shows, she teaches and conducts pastel drawing workshops in the Midwest area. Bohlin is a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and The Nature Artist's Guild of the Morton Arboretum.
Partial List of Juried Exhibitions:
2015 Scottsdale Artists' School Best and the Brightest Show. Scottsdale, AZ
2014 22nd Annual Best of the Best, Alliance of Fine Art, Burning Bush Gallery, Wheaton, IL
2013 Pastels Chicago 2013 Fourth Biennial National Juried Exhibition, The ARt Center - Highland park, Highland Park, IL
2012 Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show, Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL. 2nd Place.
2009 Richeson 75:Landscape, Seascape & Architectural 2009, Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
2007 Pastel Society of the Southwest 2007 National Pastel Exhibition. Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas
2007 MidAmerica Pastel Society, 2007 National Pastel Exhibition. Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri
2007 Pastels Chicago, First Biennial National Show. Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago IL