Nora Bushong Larimer, a painter now residing in Buena Vista, CO grew up in a farming community in Illinois. 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. For 30 years, she taught watercolor classes on location and from her various studio-galleries, as well as at the community college level.This broad experience has helped to shape her bold, fresh watercolors and oils of natural landscapes, florals, and fish.
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 viewers not willing to stretch their 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. 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. and is included in hundreds of private collections.
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.