Laurie Snow Hein refers to her style as "Old-World Realism," but her technique often gives way to abstract or impressionistic. An award winning artist and illustrator, she is published and licensed worldwide. Laurie is best know for her Tropical Landscapes. In addition to teaching art classes and conducting worksh… Read More
Laurie Snow Hein refers to her style as "Old-World Realism," but her technique often gives way to abstract or impressionistic. An award winning artist and illustrator, she is published and licensed worldwide. Laurie is best know for her Tropical Landscapes. In addition to teaching art classes and conducting workshops, she is in demand at the top art festivals in the nation. Her art, highlighting the Southern Landscape, Everglades and Tropical Paintings, includes oceans, beaches, water birds, palm trees and tropical plants. Her paintings are alive with sparkling light and vibrant color. Well known for creative Oil Portraits of pets, children and adults that capture personality and special moments, Laurie's portraiture is detailed and traditional, yet alive with a contemporary blend of color and style. Read Less
MINI-BIO: Laurie Snow Hein has been painting all her life. Like many young artists, she was doubtful that she could make a career of her passion. Laurie's parents had convinced her that it was impossible to make a living as an artist. When her kindergarten teacher asked if she was going to be an artist, she re… Read More
MINI-BIO: Laurie Snow Hein has been painting all her life. Like many young artists, she was doubtful that she could make a career of her passion. Laurie's parents had convinced her that it was impossible to make a living as an artist. When her kindergarten teacher asked if she was going to be an artist, she replied, "No, I want to be a doctor.” Her talent was inescapable, though. It was in her DNA...both parents, a grandmother and a brother were artistic. At age 12, Laurie started studying with Graham Ingels, a retired illustrator and portrait painter in Lantana, Florida. In her senior year of high school, Mr. Ennis–her art teacher–encouraged Laurie to apply for art scholarships. She received a full scholarship from Columbus College of Art & Design.
After a year of college and winning a scholarship for her second year, Laurie married and began combining art with being a wife and busy mother. She found time to paint portraits and enjoyed her art part time. Then, at age 40 when her 6th child was born and her oldest was heading to college, Laurie's husband lost his job. Her talent as an artist was now needed as the source of the family's income. She began teaching classes and accepting portrait commissions. When Laurie's paintings were noticed by a national publisher, her successful career in art publishing and licensing was launched. She says, "I was blessed to be able to support and raise my family of six children solely on my art income."
LICENSING: Laurie's art work appears in open and limited edition prints with a large following. Her designs have been licensed for home decor and gift products for such companies as Current Inc., Home Interiors, Mohawk Home, Leanin’ Tree, Conimar, Weavetec, and Home Interiors Inc. You can find her licensed products in WalMart, Target, Cracker Barrel, and specialty shops of all kinds. She is a successful oil painter, illustrator, art instructor, portrait artist and a member of the Atlanta Portrait Society and the Portrait Society of America. Laurie is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women. She has painted executuve portraits for institutions such as Furman College, Palm Beach Atlantic College and St Vincent Hospital. Avon Company commissioned her to paint the Mothers Day 2009 Plate which completely sold out. Her newest collection, “Freedom's Spirit”, was started to raise awareness of the plight of an American heritage...the wild mustangs of America. When this collection has 30 completed images, there will be public shows held, with the sale of the images being donated to various Wild Horse Funds.
ILLUSTRATIONS: Laurie's first book, "ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS" (published by Multnomah Books) is a heart-warming collection of short stories of Christmas memories by authors like Pearl S. Buck. Her next project was to illustrate a book for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers). "A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER" tells many mothers' stories about raising their young children. Subsequent books that Laurie illustrated include Linda Demaz's "MOMMY DON'T CRY, THERE'S NO TEARS IN HEAVEN", which is still a best seller. Recently, Harvest House Publishers produced two books: " SIMPLE JOYS OF AMISH LIFE" (2011), written by Mindy Starns Clark and Georgia Varozza; and a gift book, "PRAYERS AND PROMISES FOR MY LITTLE GRANDCHILD", written by Jerry Cook (2012).. Read Less