LANEY is a naturalist wildlife artist and photographer. She has spent a lifetime in
art, first majoring in commercial art at Denver University. Her first job was in
scientific illustration for biology texts published by the National Science
Foundation, and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, and then as sole artist
and illustrator for college texts books published by New York publishing houses.
Moving to Wyoming in 1970, she spent seven years as the Northern Plains
Regional Representative for the Sierra Club, covering the states of Wyoming,
Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. Returning to fine art, her
specific interest is naturalist art, a separate branch of animal and wildlife art. It
involves in-depth study of animal behavior and natural habitats, including
vegetation and geologic formations, clouds, plants, and water. The paintings
encompass a whole story about the animal and its habitat. This art is specifically
directed toward involving the viewer in a scientific representation, and story
about animals and land and environmental quality.
Originally from Colorado, Laney has been in the Wind River Valley for fifty
years and lives on Dry Creek near Crowheart, Wyoming.
She is a founding member of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in
Jackson Hole and has exhibited in many shows at the museum, most notably,
Darwin’s Legacy in 2013. Her new Bighorn Sheep painting, “Sunrise”, was installed
in June of 2018, as the center attraction in the main building at the Wyoming
Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp. She is Signature and Distinguished
member of the Society of Animal Artists and a Signature and Master member of
the American Women Artists.
In May 2016, her book, To See Beyond Looking, was released. It is a life
history of a naturalist artist.
Contact information can be seen on her website: sunnybankstudio.com.
Click on the images below to view Laney's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
“REFLECTIONS”. Along Dinwoody Creek in the Wind River Valley, there are many
glacial land forms and rounded glacial rocks. This particular boulder, was half
submerged in the river bed and shallow waters. It had a special artistic attraction,
because of its form, colors and the snow and lichens as decoration. The
reflections in the shallow water added the final touch. A Ruffed Grouse is
wandering along the shore, almost invisible in the dried grasses.