Nora Bushong Larimer, Painter - St. Louis
Nora Bushong Larimer or phone:636-207-0336 

Nora Bushong Larimer grew up in a farming community in Illinois. Since college, she has spent time painting in her studio as well as on location all over the U.S. 

She studied at Illinois State University and Principia College and graduated with a B.A. in studio art in 1975. Since then, she has earned numerous additional undergraduate and graduate-level credits in art. A professional artist since 1976, she has had her own custom framing business since 1981. She has also taught watercolor classes from her various studio-galleries for 20 years, in addition to being a watercolor and oil painting instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.

 Nora has won numerous awards at outdoor and other juried shows and festivals throughout the U.S. She’s enjoyed displaying in many one-person shows and exhibits as well. Her paintings are included in hundreds of private collections across the country. 

Artist’s Statement “Painting, for me, is a spiritual experience, because my intent is to form an object of beauty by expressing qualities such as order, harmony, organization, spontaneity, discipline, and joy. Much of the time, I find inspiration for this in landscapes, florals, or other natural subject matter. 

The medium that I use most is watercolor because it facilitates spontaneity and also holds many surprises. The watercolor painter doesn’t always know exactly what the paint will do. This adds excitement to the process and more intrigue to the result. 

“By using form, color, and light, I try to come up with an idea that shows the essence of my subject matter, but doesn’t copy it. An extreme close-up view of a flower can create an exciting and interesting abstraction. Strong color is used and sometimes (particularly in landscapes) those colors would not be considered realistic to a viewer not willing to stretch his imagination. While my flowers are painted after careful drawing and planning, the landscapes are painted a with more direct and spontaneous energy.