" Whether the subject be a sparrow or a grand sunset, it is the play of light that excites me to put brush to canvas. I am a native of Colorado and have lived most of my life in a rural setting. It is natural for me to paint those subjects which are so familiar, however I also enjoy painting figures and still lifes. I strive to reveal the simple beauty of a single moment in time. "
Lani is a native of Colorado now living in Drake, a small town nestled in Big Thompson Canyon just down from Rocky Mountain National Park. Her work is known for simple shapes, values, and burshstrokes, expressing a myriad of subject matter including animals, still lifes, landscapes and figures. Her goal is to evoke an emotional response to a subject reflecting her belief that all things, living and non-living, are equally significant and essential to the whole.
She studied with Kim English at the Art Students' League for four years, and painted with Richard Schmid for six years at the Loveland Academy of Fine Art. She has taught several workshops and classes. Her work has traveled much farther than she has as it hangs in collections in Australia, China, Belgium and from Canada to Mexico.
"Hearts of the West Show" at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth in October 2010.
Her hawk painting was purchased by Laura Bush there in 2009.
"Representing the West" Pueblo.
"50th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists" at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Sept 1 - Oct 31.
UNIQUE VISIONS - A TWO ARTIST SHOW: RECENT AND NEW WORKS BY LANI VLAANDEREN & FRAN GOTTLIEB, Arts at Denver
2007 - American Art Invitational - Saks Gallery, Denver
2007 - RMPAP
2004 - RMPAP (Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters): Best Body of Work, Estes Park CO
2006,05,03 02- Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
2004, 2003, 2002, 2001- Rocky Mountain Stampede Art Show: Purchase Award, CO
2009, 2008, 2007,06,05,04, 03, 02, 01 - Colorado Governor's Invitational Art Show, Loveland CO
2004 - Wings on the Wild Invitational, Parker CO
2004, 03 - Representing the West Invitational, Pueblo Art Center CO
2000 - Junior Symphony League Showhouse, Guest Artist, Colorado
2001, 00, 99, 98 - Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, CO
1998 - Oil Painters of America, Best Portrait Award, Taos NM
1997, 95, 94 - Arts for the Parks Top 100, 1994 Judge's Award of Merit