Lanford Monroe was born in 1950
and was surrounded by art from the start. The daughter of
the well-known illustrator, C. E. Monroe and portraitist Betty
Monroe, she was influenced by their work and that of her famous
artist/illustrator neighbors, John Clymer and Bob Kuhn. Monroe
completed her first commission by the age of six. She received
the Hallmark Scholarship in Fine Art and attended the Ringling
School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Monroe traveled extensively
through North America, settling in many places for short periods
Monroe usually depicted moody
landscapes, which are always occupied by native wildlife.
She loved horses and often used them for her subject matter
in paintings and sculptures. Monroe utilized subtle tones
and color changes in her soft renderings of southern scenes.
Over the years, she abandoned watercolors in favor of working
with oils. The oil paint allowed her images and compositions
to evolve during the painting process as opposed to the one-shot
watercolors, which only replicated her first impression.
Monroe received many awards,
including the Society of Animal Artists Wards of Excellence,
the American Academy of Equine Art Popular and Landscape awards,
the 1994 Grand Teton Natural History Association Award, and
three awards from the Salmagundi Club. Monroe's work is recognized
by collectors of equine, landscape, western and wildlife art
alike and is found in many private collections and museums,
including the Denver Museum of Art, the Hiram Blauvelt Museum,
the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Massachusetts Audubon
Society, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Philip Morris,
and Southern Bell.