About Laney

There is an obvious beauty in Northwestern Wyoming, but few artists can capture its true splendor, the essence of the land and wildlife within. Living off of the beaten path near the Wind River Mountains, in Crowheart, Wyoming, Laney is one of those few wildlife artists that does. She is a native of the mountain states, environmentalist, conservationist, photographer, but above all an award-winning wildlife painter.

Laney has rare devotion to animals that has been rooted since her childhood and has carried on through her years of education and practice in the fine wildlife art field. Born in Colorado, Laney earned a B.F.A from the University of Denver and began her career in fine art as an illustrator for National Science Foundation biology textbooks. The careful research and study of animal anatomy is one of the traits that she prides herself on and this knowledge of science is clearly portrayed in her paintings.

Laney’s evolution into a well-known wildlife artist has been established through a layered and admirable background. Her artworks have been in regional, national and international exhibitions, the permanent collections of many museums and she has been recognized in various books and other national publications. Please see below to view Laney’s achievements.

Education

University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, Bachelor of Fine Arts - 1960 to 1964

Employment Record

  • Staff Artist, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study - 1964 to 1967
  • Illustrator of National Science Foundation high school biology text books published by Rand McNally, Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt Brace
  • Free lance artist and sole illustrator of a second edition, college text, Fundamental Concepts of Biology, published by John Wiley and Sons - 1967 to 1968
  • Free lance artist and sole illustrator of a first edition college text, Living Systems: Principles and Relationships, published by Canfield Press of Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. - 1967 to 1971
  • Regional Representative for Sierra Club, (Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska). Main issues were coal strip mining, electric power plants, air pollution, water use (allocation, quality and legal issues), wilderness, wildlife management and range management - 1971 to 1977
  • Member of the Bureau of Land Management State Advisory Board - 1974 to 1975
  • Co-chair, Wyoming Agriculture-Environment Committee - 1978 to 1981
  • Co-chair, Sheep Producer-Environmentalist Committee - 1978 to 1981
  • Wildlife and Landscape artist - 1980 to present

Articles

  • Call of the Wild. NMWA publication. - 2013-2014
  • Western Art and Architecture. - November 2013
  • Western Art Collector. - September 2013
  • Biological Sciences Curriculum Study web site. - June 2014
  • Wildlife Art Journal - January 2011
  • Western Art Collector magazine - Editorial Coverage (September issue, 2009)
  • Wildlife Art Magazine - Cover Artist & Feature Article (September/October issue, 2007)
  • InformArt - Cover Artist & Feature Article (Fall issue, 2005)
  • Art of the West - One on One (January - February issue, 2004)
  • InformArt - Feature Article & Cover Art (Fall issue, 1999)
  • Wildlife Art Book - Rockport Publishers (Spring issue, 1999)
  • InformArt - (Fall issue, 1998)
  • Best of Wildlife Art - (Published Fall, 1997)
  • Art of the West - (May - June issue, 1997)
  • Wildlife Art News - (November - December issue, 1997)
  • Art of the West - (March - April Issue, 1995)
  • InformArt - (September - October issue, 1994)
  • Wildlife Art News - (July - August issue, 1989)
  • Casper Star Tribune - (1986)
  • Christian Science Monitor - (1982)

International Shows

  • "The Collective. Bennington Center for the Arts"
    - Selected as one of twenty two founding members.
    - First show to be in the fall of 2017
  • "American Women Artists"
    - Esteemed Guest Artist 2017
  • Darwin's Legacy
    - National Museum of Wildlife Art October 2013 to April 2014 - Jackson, Wyoming
    - Major Exhibition which examines the relationship between art and science. Contemporary artists are partnered with scientists. Laney with Konrad Lorenz, Bart Walter with Jane Goodall and Lars Jonsson with Alfred Wallace.
    - Other artist include Carl Ethhan Akeley, Bruno Liljefors and Joseph Wolf.
  • Yellowstone to Yukon
    - National Museum of Wildlife Art 2011
  • "Wildlife Art for a New Century"
    - I, II, National Museum of Wildlife Art May 31 to August 15, 2000. May 19 to October 16, 2005. Jackson Hole Wyoming.
  • "Art and the Animal Society of Animal Artists"
    - Annual Show: 1994, 1996-99, 2001-2008
    - Traveling Show: 1994, 1999, 2001 to 2015
    - Cover artist 2005 show catalog
    - Award of Excellence 2008, 2017
  • "Art of the Animal Kingdom"
    - Bennington Center for the Arts Bennington, Vermont 1998-2014
    - Traveling show 2000, 2002 to 2009
    - Featured Guest Artist cover of catalog and small show 2007
  • "American Birds: A Flight Through Time"
    - The Wildlife Experience Museum Parker, Colorado January 15 to April 10, 2005
  • "Birds in Art"
    - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 1981, 1988, 1992
    - Traveling Show 1988, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2017
  • "Wildlife: The Artist’s View"
    - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 1990, 1993
    - Traveling Show 1990 to 1991
  • "Nature’s Legacy: Wildlife and Wild Country"
    - J.N. Bartfield Gallery New York City. October 2002
    - Benefit show for the Sierra Club Grizzly Bear Ecosystems Project
  • "Women Wildlife Artists"
    - National Museum of Wildlife Art Jackson Hole Wyoming, October 31 2003 to May 23, 2004
  • "Western Visions Miniature Show and Sale"
    - National Museum of Wildlife Art 1990-2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
  • "Kentucky National Wildlife Exhibit"
    - Ohio Valley Art League Henderson, Kentucky (home of J.J.Audubon)
    - Received the John Richard Warren Memorial Award
    - Memorial Award. 2010 two works selected, 2011, 2016, Marvin Moran Memorial Award

National Shows

  • "Arts for the Park"
    - Wildlife Art Award of Merit 1995
  • "Wildlife Patterns"
    - One woman show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art 1996 Jackson Hole Wyoming
  • "Special Exhibition"
    - Society of Animal Artists, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, John L Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art at the Genesee County Village & Museum July 15 to October 12, 1999
  • "Special Exhibition
    - Society of Animal Artists. National Geographic Society, Explorers Hall. June to September 2002
  • "Nature Interpreted 1984"
    - Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. Traveling Show 1984
  • "Artists of the West"
    - Pioneer’s Museum Colorado Springs, Colorado 1986, 1987, 1990
  • "National Art Exhibition of Alaska Wildlife"
    - Anchorage, Alaska 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989
  • "Bateman Selects Show"
    - Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper Wyoming 1986
  • "Natural Inspiration"
    - Nicolaysen Art Museum, group show 1998
  • "The Fall Classics Show"
    - Elko, Minnesota 1998 to 1999 Hamilton, Montana 2000, 2001, 2002
  • "The Nature of Animals"
    - Bigfork Art and Cultural Center Bigfork, Montana 1998
  • "Bradford Briton Memorial"
    - Invitational Exhibition 2001 Wyoming and Big Horn, Wyoming September 8 to 30, 2001, 2002, 2003

Regional Shows (only major shows listed)

  • American Society of Zoologists 1984
  • National Wilderness Art Exhibit and Sale 1985
  • National Audubon Convention 1981
  • Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show 1992
  • Wyoming State Museum 1982 (one-woman show)
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts (one woman show)1983
  • Wyoming Audubon Wildlife Art Show 1980 to 1991 (three Best of Show, eight-first place awards)
  • Wyoming Centennial Western and Wildlife Art Show 1990
  • Old West Museum Cheyenne, Wyoming 1984 (one woman show)
  • Petroleum Club Casper, Wyoming 1984 (one woman show)
  • Wyoming Watercolor Society signature member
  • Nebraskaland Days Art Show and Sale 1986 to 1990
  • Wind River Valley National Art Show 1986 to 1994 (six Wildlife Art awards, Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award, 1986, and Best of Show in 1994)
  • "Animal Stories" traveling show sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council 1999 to 2000
  • "Governor’s Inaugural Art Exhibition" summer 2001, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Permanent Collections

  • Wyoming State Legislature Permanent Collection 2010
  • Wyoming State Legislature Art Collection State Capitol, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art Jackson, Wyoming
  • Bennington Center for the Arts Bennington, Vermont
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum Wausau, Wisconsin
  • "Naturally Drawn - Field Sketches Collection"
  • "Natural Wonders: The John and Alice Woodson Forester Miniatures Collection"
  • Wyoming State Museum Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Lander Valley Regional Medical Center, 1st place purchase award
  • National Big Horn Sheep Interpretive Center Dubois, Wyoming
  • Headwaters Art and Conference Center Dubois, Wyoming