Nora Bushong Larimer www.noralarimer.com
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
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
“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