Fine artist Lauri Wedgworth grew up in a small farm town west of Phoenix, Arizona. Surrounded by farmers, dust, and excessive heat, she developed her creative side to keep herself entertained—and to survive. She holds a B.F.A. in graphic design and a M.B.A from Arizona State University. While she learned the basic concepts of art and design in school, over the years she has taught herself drawing, perspective, oil painting and airbrush techniques. Famous artists that have influenced her art include: Edward Hopper, Patrick Nagel, Norman Rockwell, Wayne Thiebaud, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh.
Lauri was hired by Intel Corporation in 1983 as a computer systems engineer—and still works there today. She devotes her nights and weekends to evolving her style and skills.
She has won many artistic competitions and honors. In 2012, she received Best in Show at Artists & Craftsman Store in Seattle, Washington. In 2016, she won the People’s Choice Award at the Oregon State Fair. And in 2018, 2019 and 2020 she received awards from the Light Space & Time Gallery, Fusion Art Gallery and was also featured in the fall edition of Exquisite Arts Magazine. Her work is in private collections in Seattle, Boise, Portland, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.
Lauri lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is active in art communities and teaching art literacy in schools. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum.