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Lanie Frick Graphics: Stick ‘em anywhere


                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Shari Harris
“Strength in Patience” is Frick’s depiction of a rare white tiger at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs, Ark. It has been accepted at the 50th Annual Exhibition for Women Artists Of The West (WAOW). A percentage of proceeds from Frick’s paintings of the rescued animals will go to the refuge.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Texas County is home to artist, graphic designer and teacher Lanie Frick. Frick’s art accomplishments include being a juried member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and Best of Missouri Hands (BOMH). She has been the Featured Artist for large events such as the Nebraska Horse Expo and PRCA Rodeo in Missouri. Her paintings are regularly juried into regional and national exhibitions including the National WAOW shows, "Gallopalooza" of Louisville, Ky., as well as published internationally in books, book cover art and magazines. Corporate collectors such as Brewer Science of Rolla, Mo., and many private collectors throughout the United States and abroad have purchased her paintings, increasing the value of her art and the demand for this consummate artist.
Frick is well known in the graphics industry for her horse designs. You may have seen her designs on trucks and horse trailers all over the country. Some of her designs can be found in Back in the Saddle catalog on clothing and metal art decor. The latest of her designs are being made into art stencils by StencilGirl Products, an international company.
Having given art workshops for over 15 years, Lanie has developed a two-fold teaching philosophy; first is to create and project a safe, creative environment for learning and second is to help each person connect to their inner artist. Combining this philosophy with her personality makes Lanie’s workshops encouraging and fun. She teaches drawing, painting, stencil art and painting parties.
Lanie describes herself as a horse riding, wilderness exploring, kayaking artist who paints her subjects of horses and wildlife with spirit, life and light. “My paintings are a portal to the Animal World. In a shamanic way, painting becomes a communication line to who an animal is and what it may feel like to be in their skin, allowing me to understand them on a deeper level. Horses have always been a main focus in my work. Riding inspires creating and creating makes me want to go for a ride.”
Missouri country has always been home for Lanie. She grew up on a farm in east-central Missouri and now lives in rural Texas County, Mo. Growing up on a ranch provided daily interaction with horses, livestock and pastoral landscapes that nurtured Frick’s creative spirit. She started drawing at age two and riding by herself at age nine. “My parents always knew where to find me, the summer house where I painted, the barn or on my pony.” At around age three, she told her mother, “I would like coloring books without pictures in them.” The basement became a testament to her artistic side as she left paint splashes on everything.
With the first sales of her work in high school, Lanie knew there was value in her artistic ability. Though receiving a college art scholarship, Lanie’s independent spirit chose to take the artistic road less traveled. She continued on with creative endeavors and started a graphics business in 1984 that included commercial illustration while also painting horse and pet portrait commissions. Along the way she studied under professional artists: Sam Savitt, Fay Moore, Carrie Ballantyne, Phil Starke, Elin Pendleton and Robert Burridge, to name a few.
Lanie moved to the Licking area in 1992. She set up business in the old Coffee Pot building on the corner of Hwy. 32 and North Main Street. In 1996, she moved the graphics business to her home, at the time, in Raymondville, to be closer to the trail rides.
Frick’s use of color infuses subjects with light and mood where realistic subjects show movement and life by vivid strokes of impressionism. Her work shows the passion and knowledge of the horse that only a life of riding, raising, training and love for the horse can express. Whether painting in studio or plein-air (outdoor), she is surrounded by her inspiration. “I wasn’t born in a barn, but I paint and live in one now with two horses, a dog and a cat. Living in the country feeds my Nature Soul, fueling the creative fire. What nature has awakened inside, I express by painting. The feelings and emotions of my experience are reinterpreted on canvas, bringing the moment to life. Working with acrylic’s natural flow and versatility I use colorful layers and splashes of paint to create atmosphere, giving each subject its own character. Through this interpretive expression, I create to inspire in others a connection to nature that ignites the soul.”
In addition to her new venture into creating art stencils, Lanie’s new painting project involves utilizing her artistic ability to be involved with wildlife in a pro-active helpful way. She is creating paintings of the animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs, Ark., and the refuge will receive a percent of the sales of the paintings. The mission of TCWR, https://www.turpentinecreek.org/, is saving survivors of the exotic pet trade by rescue, public education and to ultimately stop the trade through national legislation. Lanie’s painting “Strength in Patience” of a rare white tiger has been accepted at the 50th Annual Exhibition for Women Artists Of The West (WAOW), www.waow.org, held in Tucson, Ariz., March 25 – April 17, 2020. WAOW is a national organization with over 300 award winning, professional women painters and sculptors from the United States and other countries. This non-profit group fosters appreciation and promotion of art created by women. Lanie had to meet strict criteria to be juried into this prestigious organization and her work also had to be juried into the art exhibition. The jury process was fierce for this show as it is the organization’s 50th celebration. Out of 428 submissions, only 109 were accepted. Settlers West Gallery, www.SettlersWest.com, 6420 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, Ariz., was selected for the 2020 event and is one of the top western art galleries in the U.S. The opening reception is Friday, March 27, 5 - 7 p.m.
Lanie can be reached through email: lanie@laniefrick.com, or by phone: 417-967-6137; and you can see her work at LanieFrick.com, facebook.com/LanieFrickFineArt, amazon.com/LanieFrick, and youtube.com/user/LanieFrickFineArt. Or you may see her beautiful designs on the side of her truck as she drives around the area. If you have a chance to attend one of her art classes or parties, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from one of the best.

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