nora larimer

Nora Bushong Larimer, a painter from Buena Vista, CO grew up in a farming community in Illinois. After studying at Illinois State University and Principia College and graduating with a B.A. in studio art in 1975, she added extensive coursework to her experience, including print-making and graduate level courses in drawing, painting, and art history. A professional artist since 1976, she also has done custom framing since 1981. For 30 years, she has taught watercolor classes on location and from her various studio-galleries, in addition to being a watercolor and oil painting instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Best known for her watercolors, she has spent time painting on location all over the U.S. from rural and coastal Maine, to the forests of Pennsylvania, the Amish Farms of Ohio, to Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico, as well as abroad in Italy, S. E. Asia, Mexico, and Belize, C.A. This broad experience has helped to shape her bold, fresh watercolors and oils of natural landscapes, florals, and fish.

Artist’s Statement

While painting, her goal is to depict the essence of an idea but not to copy it. Strong color is used, too, and sometimes those colors are not realistic to the viewer not willing to stretch her imagination. Her hope is to help the viewer to see the world around with “new eyes” – to see purple in the water and trees, when they normally wouldn’t, to connect to their surroundings in a new way or to visually go somewhere new. Sometimes, by stirring up a memory, it takes them someplace in the past. While Nora’s flowers take careful planning, the landscapes and fish are done with a more direct and spontaneous energy. Nora has won numerous awards at juried shows and festivals throughout the U.S.

Nora is currently exhibiting a range of small to large, contemporary, colorful, landscapes, fish (including trout), and florals in oil and watercolor. The landscapes include western mountains, desert scenes, Colorado ranches and farms, cows, rivers, and alpine meadows. The trout are loose and splashy.