Laurie MacMillan

Laurie MacMillan

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

About Laurie MacMillan

After losing our home to a wildfire in 2008, and then buying a home with a beautiful garden, I realized that my interests in geology and the natural world are really about the inevitability of change. Geology is the study of how the earth uplifts and erodes, and plants evolve every day. These processes are the inspiration for my paintings. The fire taught me about change, and to appreciate beauty in life when you have it.


B.A., University of Colorado

Art studies with Rick Stich, James Armstrong, Lauryn Taylor, Bob Burridge, Tony Askew and Rafael Perea de la Cabada.


Exhibiting at 10 West Gallery in Santa Barbara March - May 15 and July 22 - Sept. 19, 2021,


Solo Exhibitions

May - July, 2014: "My Back Yard," Leigh Block Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

June-Aug., 2013: "Abstracts Inspired by Nature," PORCH, Carpinteria, CA.

March-April, 2011: Gallery U @ Salon U, Santa Barbara, CA

March, 2010: "Lines & Layers," Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA

November, 2008: "Surfaces and Strata," The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Juried Group Exhibitions

July, 2020: "Feria al Andalusia" online benefit for Casa del Herrero, Montecito, CA.

Dec., 2019: "Hundred Grand," Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

Sept. 2019: The Other Art Fair L.A.

May, 2019: "Working Titles," Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, Susan Bush, Juror. First Prize.

May, 2018: "Art Matters," Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA.

Feb. - April, 2017: "Abstract Open III," Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, Lynn Holley, Juror.

Jan., 2017: "Abstract 10: Synergies," Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Sept., 2016: "ArtWalk" Featured Artist, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Nov., 2015: "ArtSEE," Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, Dug Uyesaka, Juror. First Prize.

May, 2015: "Edges," Casa Magazine Gallery, Santa Barbara. Rafael de la Cabada, Juror.

April - May, 2015: "Multivision," TVSB Media Arts Center, Santa Barbara. Nancy Gifford, Juror.

Dec., 2014 - Feb., 2015: "Hundred Grand," Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara.

Oct., 2014: "Small Images," Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara. Tif Sigrids, L.A. Gallerist-Curator-Artist, Juror.

Sept., 2014: "Artwalk Artists of Distinction," Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Diane Waterhouse, Gallerist, Juror.

May - June, 2014: "Made You Look," Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito, CA. Meg Cranston, Otis College of Art & Design Art Dept. Chair, Juror.

Feb. - April, 2014: Exhibition at the Mayor's Office, Santa Barbara City Hall.

Dec., 2013 - Feb., 2014: "One Hundred Grand," Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

Oct., 2013: 28th Annual Small Images Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara. Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers, Jurors.

May-June, 2013: "Confluence," Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara. Peter Frank, L.A. art critic, Juror.

March, 2013: "Metamorphosis," 855 Gallery, Carpinteria, CA. Susan Bush, Gallerist, Juror.

Jan.-March, 2013: "Independent Studies," UCSB Faculty Club, Santa Barbara, CA. Francis Scorzeli, Juror.

June - Aug., 2012: "How Soon is Now?" (12 paintings) MichaelKate Interiors and Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, curated by Brad Nack.

May 2012: Art Matters Encore! Huntington Library & Gardens, San Marino, CA. Jurors included curators from Norton Simon Museum and Huntington Library, and Art Center staff.

November, 2011: 5 x 5 Invitational, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

May - June, 2011: "In the Abstract," featured artist. Juried by Tony Askew, 855 at The Arts Center, Carpinteria, CA.

Oct. - Dec., 2010: "Ojai Celebrates Art III," Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, CA.

July - Sept., 2010: "Make Hay While the Sun Shines," Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA. Arturo Tello, Juror.

July, 2010: "Hot Summer Days, Hot Summer Nights," Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA. Richard Franklin, Juror.

October, 2009 - January, 2010: "Reflections and Projections, 20 Years of the Individual Artist Awards," Channing Peake Gallery, curated by Annette Kubitza, Santa Barbara, CA.

September - December, 2009: "Allusions," curated by Ana Victorson, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.

July, 2009: "2009 Anniversary Juried Art Show," Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

October, 2008: "Atmosphere, Wind and Shadows," 855 at the Arts Center, Carpinteria, CA.

August, 2008: "It's All About Color," Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center, Santa Barbara.

July, 2008: "Hot Summer Days, Hot Summer Nights," Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA.

March - April, 2008: Individual Artist Award Winners Group Show, Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.

September – November, 2007: Artists of Step One at Meisel Gallery of Art, Santa Barbara.

January, 2007: Juried show, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.