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Lauren Thrift

LP Thrift Originals – Lauren Payne Thrift

I love to create paintings that are full of bright colors, strong lines, and clean shapes.  I am very much influenced by the bold use of color, line, and brush stroke found in the Fauve paintings of the early 1900’s.  I am constantly finding inspiration in family, friends, and nature.  This combination of influence and inspiration produces a joyful and colorful work of contemporary art.

I was born and raised in North Palm Beach, Florida.  The beach, boating, and fishing were a large part of my childhood.  These are all still things I love today. My first painting classes were taken in high school.  My interest in painting continued on through college and graduate school.  I spent many years teaching elementary school where I was able to apply all this creativity in the classroom.  I returned to painting classes after having children.  In 2010, I became dedicated to painting full-time.

I have been living in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1999. I am happily married to CBT.  We have two boys who provide constant inspiration and encouragement.  My children, family, friends, and the joys of life are always showing up on the easel.

February 17, 2012 - 6:20 pm

brooke - lauren – your site looks incredible!! love your about-the-artist pages! xo

March 6, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Lisa Sherrill - Lauren, This is great!! You are so very talented, xo, Lisa

March 7, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Rebecca Brown - I am so proud of you Lauren! Your paintings are beautiful!

March 7, 2012 - 8:41 pm

natalie - WOW!!!! Your work is amazing!!!! xoxo

March 8, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Nelia Dolan - LOVE!

March 12, 2012 - 1:24 am

Mary Howard Shaw - The site looks great – way to go!!

March 15, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Sara Walsh - Lauren, I am so proud of you! You are incredibly talented – I especially love your marsh paintings. Can’t wait to own my first Lauren Thrift original! xoxo

March 29, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Paige - Lauren: I LOVE the small bride – bright and colorful- predicting her future!!! What a wonderful wedding gift!! You are so artistically talented; and, if you set up this website, clearly your technology skills rival your artistry!! Great on all fronts!

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