Laurie Snow Hein
Laurie Snow Hein is a professional artist who has spent her entire lifetime developing her talent. As a young child, her love of horses became an obsession, and at eight years of age she began drawing and painting images of her horse. Several years later, Laurie began formal art lessons as a 12 years old student of Graham Ingles, a retired illustrator who was influenced by, and painted with, Norman Rockwell.
Her formal art education and training was forged at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she was a recipient of the College's most prestigious award, the Catherine Tuttle Award. This full scholarship award paid for her formal art school training, and put her on track to a very successful career in the creative arts. Laurie refers to her style as old-world realism, yet her paintings include strong elements of impressionism. She paints exclusively in oil, and her traditional approach to painting is centered on creating underlying abstract designs. Her brilliant use of color makes a bold artistic statement, while her compositions often include the things that she loves most.
Laurie specializes in children and animal portraiture, but while cleaning off her pallet, she often creates tropical Florida landscapes, seascapes, and still-life compositions. A member of the Atlantic Portrait Society and the Portrait Society of America, Laurie is actively painting portrait commissions and is available for commission paintings of children, adults, corporate and pet portraits. She paints and teaches in her Florida studio where she has raised a menagerie of children, farm animals, and Halfinger horses.
"Our world is so amazing! My choice of tropical subjects, use of bright color, contrasting light and brush strokes are all part of who I am and and what inspires me. It shows what I love about the southern climate where I am blessed to live. My passion is to create meaningful works of art that have lasting value while causing the viewer to pause and think. What a great gift of variety and beauty God has created!"