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Laurie Szilvagyi’s Bio

Laurie is a native Michigander who grew up surrounded by nature and the changing seasons. She spent a decade exploring the western lifestyle graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas and enjoying the desert habitat while living in Arizona. Laurie retired from her position as a Certified Management Consultant specializing in Six-Sigma analysis and Change Management and moved to East Tennessee. She states, “This was an easy transition for me finding those familiar elements in nature and being so close to wildlife in their natural habitat.”

Laurie’s work has been recognized in numerous juried watercolor exhibits where she has received awards such as the Grumbacher Gold Medallion. She holds a signature status with the Tennessee Watercolor Society and her art is often on display at the McGhee Tyson Airport. Laurie is President of the Art Guild of Tellico Village where her focus is on inspiring artists to move beyond their comfort zones. Utilizing her expertise as a consultant, she has developed and currently teaches Learning Labs for Artists promoting education and experimentation in a variety of mediums.


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