On a Gray Day, Oil on gessobord, 15″ x 24″

( b. 1942)


A fourth generation Coloradan, Laney moved to the Wind River Valley of Wyoming close to 50 years ago. Majoring in commercial art at Denver University, her first job was illustrating biology books for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. After moving to Wyoming, she continued research into the natural world of animal behavior, habitats, and geology. Her book, TO SEE BEYOND LOOKING, relates her lifelong focus on nature and wildlife. She is a founding member of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole.

Artist's Statement:

Every rock, snowflake, animal and sagebrush has its place in the natural environment. Everything has a spirit and a soul that contributes to life. As a naturalist artist, my purpose and goal in painting is to communicate my connection with life in the Rocky Mountains to my fellow travelers in life. All the elements are my friends and equals in the net of life and time.


National Museum of Wildlife Art, Society of Animal Artists, American Women Artists, Yellowstone Forever, Wind River Valley Artists Guild


Sunnybank Studio
Crowheart, WY

Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”

— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ