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LANFORD MONROE
(
1950 - 2000)

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 of time.

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.














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