About the Artist Counted among the artists’ elite, Laurie Snow Hein is known beyond her home of Florida reaching audiences around the world. With pieces varying from tropical landscapes and botanicals to animals in action, illustrations of children and fine portraits. Her oil canvases burst into life with sparkling light and brilliant color forming breathtaking dramatic scenes. Her professional career started 27 years ago. As a mother of six , she was suddenly in the position of supporting the family solely on her art abilities. What had been a part time job teaching art and painting to earning extra income for the family , became a full time career. Observing her talent at an early age, her father had told her not to become an artist as they were too poor and couldn’t make a living . Laurie was destined, and blessed by God, to flourish in the art world despite her father’s advice. She balances her time painting with teaching (for 30 years) art classes, workshops , illustrating a number of published books , creating licensing projects, accepting portrait commissions and at the same time creating tropical oil paintings that are exhibited throughout the nations top 100 art Festivals.