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Laurie Celine Balliett

Laurie's Art Biography

Laurie Celine Balliett

PO Box 989 

El Prado, NM 87529

(508) 237-9499


Artist Biography


Laurie Celine Balliett conveys her excitement about living in astounding places with her expressionistic Plein-air oil paintings. She works with palette knives, spatulas, and brushes to capture the immediacy of the environment. The wild New Mexico color and light among grand landscapes evoke her inspiration. Laurie began painting in college while studying environmental ethics and nature writing. In 2009 she visited Taos from Cape Cod for a two-week painting trip and stayed five months, painting daily with local plein-air artists. She moved to Taos permanently in 2013 while always returning to Cape Cod, where she lived for decades before moving to Taos. When not painting Plein air on location, she works from her memory of experience -color, light, and emotion- along with multiple references in her studio. Her canvases present her passion for nature and wild places, while sometimes bringing in evidence of human existence. She is the third-great-granddaughter of the Hudson River School Painter, Jasper Francis Cropsey.


Laurie has exhibited in New Mexico, Colorado, and Massachusetts and her paintings hang on collectors’ walls throughout the United States and St. Maarten (Deutsch), and Canada. She grew up in Texas and Colorado and as a child spent summers in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Before going to Mount Holyoke College, Laurie moved from Colorado to the art colony, Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Since then, she has lived in New Mexico, Vermont, Colorado, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she still returns to paint. In 2013 Laurie relocated to Taos, New Mexico where she finds solace in painting and writing.



Exhibitions and Galleries



2021 - Present and Ongoing   Ammann Gallery, Taos, NM Originals

2022 - Present and Ongoing Taos Museum at the Fechin House, Selected Originals

2022-  Present and Ongoing Harwood Art Museum Gift Shop, framed prints and cards.



2024  - Art in Public Places installation at the University of New Mexico Hospital, in the Tower (Dec 2024)

2024 - Spring Light Post Banner Artist, Taos Arts Council, Town of Taos, 2024

2024 - Millicent Rogers Museum Miniatures Show, February, 2024

2023 - 2024 Winter Light Post Banner Artist, Taos Arts Council, Town of Taos, October 2023 - April 2024

2023 - Spring Light Post Banner Artist, Taos Arts Council, Town of Taos, April - October.

2023 - Millicent Rogers Museum Miniatures Show, February, 2023

2022 - Taos Arts Council, “Random Art Show” Taos Center for the Arts, People’s Choice Award.

2022 Taos Fall Arts Festival, Guadalupe Gym, September, 2022.

2021 Taos Fall Arts Festival, Guadalupe Gym, September, 2021.

2020 Brewster Ladies’ Library, Brewster, MA, Feb. 2020 Solo show, High Altitude Landscapes of Northern New Mexico, Large Paintings.

2019 Inkberry Books, Niwot, Colorado, September, 2019.

2019 Taos Center for the Arts Juried Solo Show, The Taos Historic Inn January - May.

2018 Farmhouse Cafe and Gallery solo show, January - March 

2017 Millicent Rogers Museum Miniature show, January-February, Taos, NM

2016 Farmhouse Cafe and Gallery solo show, December 2016 - February 2017

2016 Taos Open, Fall Arts Festival, September 2015

2015 Taos Artist Collective, Taos, NM

2015 Taos Select, Taos Fall Arts Festival, September 2015

2015 Millicent Rogers Museum Miniature show, January-February, Taos, NM.

2014 - 2018 Desert Dolphin Art Studio, El Prado, NM

2014 Taos Community Arts, Quick Draw and Auction, Taos, NM

2014 Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Open, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Taos, NM

2014 Charles Collins Gallery, Taos, NM

2013, 2012, 2011 Laurie Balliett Fine Art Studio, Eastham, MA 

2013 Solo show: Salt Pond Visitors Center, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Orleans Medical Center Gallery, East Orleans, featured artist.

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA

2013, 2012, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, Plein Air Paint Out Shows and Receptions

2012, Moab Utah Plein Air Paint Out, Quick Draw, and Group Show, Moab, UT

2012 Dancing Turnip Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2011 Cotuit Arts Center, Cotuit, MA, “Wild Things” Juried Show

2010 Three Fish and a Ram, Mashpee, MA

2010 Solo Show, Rockland Trust Bank: “New Paintings by Laurie Balliett”

2009 Solo Show, Brewster Ladies Library,  “High and Low Altitude Landscapes of New Mexico and Cape Cod”

2009 Anna Karin Gallery, Truchas New Mexico, “Taos Paintings”

2009, 2008, Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA, various member shows.

2006, Dairy Center for the Arts, group show, Boulder Colorado 




October, 2022, Ghost Ranch Plein-air Palette Knife, co-taught with Michelle Chrisman

May, 2023 Private Group at Ghost Ranch, Plein Air Palette Knife.

2024 Pending: Women and Nature, a multidisciplinary retreat immersion into nature writing and plain air painting.

2024 Pending: Ghost Ranch Plein air Palette Knife

Ongoing: Private Individual and Group Lessons




Taos Arts Council, Artist Member 

Taos Center for the Arts, Artist Member

New Mexico Plein Air Painters, 2022 - Present

Oil Painters of America 2014 - present

Taos Plein Air Painters 2014 - present

Provincetown Art Association, Artist Member 2008 - 2020

Cape Cod Arts Foundation, Juried Artist Member 2009 - 2014

Cape Cod Art Association, juried artist member 2008 - 2013




Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts BA Philosophy, 1994

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado MA Philosophy, 1998

Cape Cod Community College, W. Barnstable, MA General Studies, Transferred to MHC pre-degree.

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