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  • Lauren Thrift

    Original acrylic paintings full of bright colors, clean shapes, and much joy.

    Bright colors make me smile. There is something about a big orange sunrise, a vast blue ocean, a deep green leaf, or an intense pink peony that fills me with warmth. I try to use the brilliance of color in my paintings to create a visual happiness.

    I hope you will enjoy viewing some of these colorful paintings. Check back from time to time to see what's new, feel free to share with friends, or subscribe in the sidebar below to receive occasional updates by email. Paintings are added several times a month. Anything added is sure to be filled with bright colors and much joy! Thanks - LPT


It’s time to get those photos off your phone and on a canvas!!!

Commissions for Christmas have already begun.

If you would like a painting to go under the tree, now is the time to reserve your spot.

Orders must be in by Oct. 15, 2017.


Pricing is based on number of figures and size of canvas.

Leave a comment below if you need more information or you’re ready to place an order.

1-4 figures:  14×14 canvas $400;  18×18 canvas $500;  24×24 canvas $750


5-6 figures:  14×14 canvas $450;  18×18 canvas $550;  24×24 canvas $800

*additional canvas sizes and number of figures are available*

Figures on maps;  5×5 blocks;  1 figure $125, 2 figures $150, 3 figures $175


Deadline Oct. 15, 2017



October 7, 2017 - 10:27 pm

Catherine Austin - I’m interested in have a painting done for Christmas. 2 adults 2 children with the grand Tetons in the back ground. Can you give me an idea on pricing? Thank you!

Where are you headed this summer?

Where are you headed this summer?  The momma above spends part of her summer in Blowing Rock, NC.  She and her 3 sweet boys love fishing while up there.   And her really sweet husband commissioned the painting as birthday gift….but then couldn’t wait for the birthday to arrive in June…so she received it on Mother’s Day.

If you’re wondering, “where’s the husband?”  He got a painting several years ago….with their 3 boys on the golf course.

Fishing pond, golf course, beach, mountain….wherever you love being with your family…I’d love to capture the memories in paint.  Commissions are now being accepted for the summer season.  Round up some ideas and get in touch.

Off the Easel…

Two recent commissions are off the easel ….

Above was commissioned for a 40th birthday gift.

Below was commissioned for an 80th birthday gift.

Both paintings are 14×14 on gallery wrap canvas.  Current pricing for 14×14 figures begins at $350.

January Flowers….for February and March fundraisers…

The first paintings of the new year were created for two upcoming auctions in Charlotte.

“Flowers of Hope”  18×18 inches

available through:  ENCORE: Celebrate the Carolinas!

February 27, 2017 **benefiting The Children’s Theater of Charlotte**

Details can be found HERE.

 “Abounding Love” 18×18 inches

available through:  Myers Park Presbyterian Church Chickin’ Pickin’ Art Auction

March 5, 2017  **benefitting youth mission trips**

Details can be found HERE.

A new year….


Well, 2017 arrived with snow….not as much as we were hoping for in Charlotte, NC….but still enough to create a beautiful white landscape.




Thank you to all who supported my art this year…especially those who commissioned family portraits.  It is a privilege and a blessing to paint someone’s family.  Creating something special for your special people is a true joy.

Here are just a few of the “one of kind family” portraits from 2016.


Looking forward to all there is to come in the new year.  xoxo