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. She studied fine art in college and spent summers working as a portrait artist in an amusement park. Her formal 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 Johnson and Terri Ford focused on a more realistic depiction of the natural world.
Using pastel or oil paint, Bohlin's work mainly depicts the local landscape and flora. For most of her life she resided in the Chicago area and painted areas where nature had been allowed to flourish in addition to painting cultivated gardens. "Living in an urban area caused me to focus on the remnants of natural areas that were 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." Since relocating to New Mexico, she has been enthralled by the vast landscape that has inspired so many artists.
Her sensitive paintings and drawings have received numerous awards and are included in many private collections In addition to participating in local and national shows, she teaches and conducts pastel drawing workshops in the Wisconsin and Chicago 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:
2018 Pastel Society of New Mexico, "16th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition", Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2015 Scottsdale Artists' School "Best and the Brightest Show". Scottsdale, AZ
2014 Chicago Pastel Painters, "Strokin'V!", Union St. Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2014 22nd Annual "Best of the Best", Alliance of Fine Art, Burning Bush Gallery, Wheaton, IL
2013 Chicago Pastel Painters, "2013 Fourth Biennial National Juried Exhibition", The ARt Center, 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, MO