Laurel Jensen Paul's Fine Art Oil Paintings                                                                    

Laurel Jensen Paul

Fine Art Oil Paintings


These pages were last updated on March 18, 2011 

 Artist Statement and Personal History

Art is a tradition in my family. As a child I was surrounded by relatives whose art was either their vocation or avocation.

Since I first began painting, I have shown a preference for doing works featuring people, especially members of my own family. I find that I am more interested and challenged when painting the people I care about - particularly as I strive to make these portraits radiate the sense of affection I feel for the subjects.

Although I do an occasional landscape or still life, I find portraits to be more challenging. I hope my portraits do more than simply capture a likeness. I strive to put on canvas some of the true character and soul of the subject without resorting to sentimentality. I want my work to reflect serenity, and joy in life and living.

I was born and grew up in North Dakota, being descended from Scandinavian pioneers who settled there.

I received a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

My formal art training was completed under English painter Robert Tovey, in Geneva, Switzerland, where my husband was employed at a subsidiary of his U.S. employer, during the years 1964 through 1971.

Early in 2007, I decided to cut back on the time that I previously devoted to painting. This decision was made reluctantly as painting has been a very enjoyable creative outlet through the years.

The rationale for this decision has to do with the ever increasing costs of submitting art to national exhibitions (entry fees, shipping and handling costs - which are born solely by the artists). Increasing incidents of improper handling of my art by shippers and exhibitors also influenced my decision. I value my work too much to have it subjected to careless handling.

In July, 2004, I suffered a stroke. Then in November of the same year, I fell and dislocated my right shoulder, which required many months of strenuous therapy before I could even consider painting once again. Exercising on my own for both these conditions will, of course, continue for the indefinite future and thus will also obviously affect the number new paintings I am able to complete.

I will maintain these web pages that provide a history of my work.

Laurel Jensen Paul

  "There are pictures that manifest education and there are pictures that manifest love."

                                                                                    - Robert Henry, 1865-1929



Balloon Festival                Oil

Privately Owned

Tulip Time

Tulip Time               16" x 38"               Oil

Privately Owned

"Tulip Time" was accepted as a juried entry by the Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas , in the "Red River Valley National Juried Art Exhibition." May 6 - June 30, 2005

"Tulip Time" was accepted as a juried entry by the Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania , in their "2004 National Spring Open Juried Exhibition," April 3 -28, 2004

"Tulip Time" was accepted as a juried entry by the Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, Indiana , in their "10th Annual Juried Art Exhibition," September 3 - 28, 2003

Quiet Time

Quiet Time        20" x 26"       Oil



Copper and Fruit      33" x 30"     Oil

"Copper & Fruit" was a juried entry into the Cody Country Art League, Cody, Wyoming, "37th ANNUAL ART SHOW," July 1 - July 30, 2002

"Copper and Fruit" was an entry into the McClain County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois, October 2001



Sleep           37" x 21"            Oil


Camping I      52" x 46"        Oil


Matthew II

Matthew II     27" X 36"    Oil

"Anticipation" was a juried entry into the Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, in their National Juried Exhibition "LIGHT," held at the First Baptist Church of White Plains, White Plains, New York ,  December 5, 2006 - January 5, 2007

"Anticipation" was a juried entry into the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, Texas , in their "14th Annual Juried Art Competition," September 17 - October 14, 2005 and was awarded the Lester Clark Memorial Award (2nd Place)

"Anticipation" ("Matthew II") was a juried entry into the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Southhampton, New York, in their "108th Annual Open Juried Competition," held at The National Arts Club, New York, New York , October 2 - 29, 2004

"Anticipation" ("Matthew II") was a juried entry into the Artists of Northwest Arkansas/Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, Arkansas , in their "Ninth Annual Fall Regional Art Exhibition," November 17, 2003 - January 5, 2004

"Anticipation" ("Matthew II") was a juried entry into the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County, Douglasville, Georgia , in their "16th Annual Juried Fine Arts Show National Competition," November 1 - November 25, 2002

"Matthew II" was a juried entry into the Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild, Baton Rouge, Louisiana , in their "32nd Annual River Road Show," November 4 - 30, 2001

"Matthew II" was a juried entry into the Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas , in their "51st Annual Art Competition," July 15 - August 26, 2001


Double Image    36" x 24"    Oil

"Double Image" was a juried entry into the Illinois Art League, Peoria, Illinois , "Spring Show," 1976, and received Best of Show Award



Camping  28" x 36"   Oil

"Camping" was a juried entry into the Elk River Area Arts Alliance, Elk River, Minnesota , in their "Arts in Harmony '06", Eleventh Annual National Juried Show, February 6 - March 24, 2006

"Camping" was a juried entry into the St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, Missouri , in the "Explorations In Oil And Acrylics" national exhibition, January 18 - March 6, 2004

"Camping" was a juried entry into the Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association, Englewood, Colorado , in their "Englewood Arts National Juried Art Show," February 15 - March 31, 2003, and received an Artistic Excellence Award .

"Camping" was a juried entry into the Twin City Art Foundation/Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana , in their "29th Annual Juried Competition," April 21 - June 8, 2002

"Camping" was a juried entry into the Community Arts Association, Allendale, New Jersey, in their "National Open Exhibition," held at the Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, New Jersey, March 5 - 23, 2001

"Camping" was a juried entry into the Northern California Arts, Inc., Carmichael, California, in the 45th International Open Exhibition, "Bold Expressions," October 10 - October 29, 2000 (603 entries received and 105 works accepted), and received an Award of Excellence .


Lillian and Carrie Hovland   37" x 30"    Oil

"Lillian and Carrie Hovland" was an entry in the Illinois Art League, Peoria, Illinois, "Court House Square Show," August 1974, and was given the Best of Show Award


 Cousins II

Cousins II    22" x 22" Oil

"Cousins II" was a juried entry into the New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, Wisconsin , in their "The Mighty Midwest Biennial III" exhibition, December 4, 2005 - January 14, 2006

"Cousins II" was juried into the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Avon, Connecticut , in their "93rd Annual Exhibition," hosted by the Mystic Art Association, May 21 - July 10, 2004

"Cousins II" was juried into the Cody Country Art League, Cody, Wyoming, in their "37th ANNUAL ART SHOW," July 1 - July 30, 2002, and awarded First Prize in the Professional Oil/Acrylic category

"Cousins II" was a juried entry into the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky, in their "Yeiser 2001: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art," October 21 - November 24, 2001, and awarded a Merit Award

"Cousins II" was a juried entry, and was awarded an Honorable Mention, by the Illiana Artists, in the "Illiana Artists Juried Show" at the Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton, Indiana , January 16 - February 27, 2000.


Rick as a High School student    17" x 21"      Oil

Cronies       38" x 32"       Oil


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