LOIS ROSIO SPRAGUE

Lois is a native of glen ellyn, Illinois. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, under the direction of Irving Shapiro. There she received two degrees, one in Fine Art, the other in Graphic Art.

Relocating to the mountains of Colorado, Lois’s work includes large scale portraits and murals. She has gained a reputation for her portraiture, which makes her warm, sensitive approach and bold, colorful style increasingly sought after. She successfully portrays people from all walks of life, cultures, and ages.

Lois has been highlighted in numerous exhibits and galleries, and has been showcased at national conventions performing live art. her diverse talents include children's book illustration, commissioned portraits and murals. her latest project is the woodland park historical mural, which took 4 months to complete, and measures 145 feet in length. 

Lois has a deep attachment to the outdoors. She is most passionate about painting people. SHE is a committed Christian and strives to share the glory and grace of God in her work. Lois and her husband Gary have five grown children, which give her many reasons for capturing genuine human emotion through her paintings.

 

Lois is A Featured artist of the DIRECTORY OF ILLUSTRATION

AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

  • Illustrator Exhibit at the Morris Graves Museum
  • 2013 Bock Book Award
  • 2013 Colorado Book Awards Finalists
  • First place winner of “The Best Seat in Town” Woodland Park Bench Project
  • SCBWI Vickie Ferguson Scholarship
  • Faculty Award of Superior Achievement
  • Pastel Society of America Exhibition, New York City
  • Joe Hing Lowe Scholarship, Pastel Society of America
  • Purchase Award, Quincy Art Club, Quincy, IL
  • Artists guild of Chicago, Watercolor Exhibition
  • Midwest Pastel Society, Pastel Exhibition
  • Rocky Mountain National, Foothills Art Center, CO
  • Adirondack National, New York
  • Kentucky Watercolor Society Exhibition and traveling show
  • Illinois State Fair, Professional Art Exhibition
  • Signature Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America
  • MWS Signature member Exhibition, Ray College of Design
  • One women show, Studio in the woods, Wauconda, IL.
  • Visual Expressions Christian Faith, Cook Communications
  • First place Water Media, Visual Expressions Exhibition
  • Pikes peak Watercolor Society Exhibition, Distinctive Color Award
  • Western Watercolor Society Exhibition, Grand Junction

CLIENTs

  • A.C. Nielson Research
  • Baker Book House
  • Black Diamond Sled Dog Iditarod Team
  • Blue-Cross Blue-Shield
  • Born of the Flame Gallery
  • Butte Theater
  • Calabash Gallery
  • Colorado World Theater
  • Children’s Pastors Conference
  • Christianity Today
  • Compassion International
  • David C. Cook
  • Decision Magazine
  • Educational Publishing Concepts
  • Kids Hope
  • Mountainbrook Press
  • Mountain Living Studio
  • Nichols Gallery, Toas NM
  • Pelican Publishing
  • Red Door Press
  • Rich Design
  • Scripture Press
  • Thomas Nelson
  • Tyndale House
  • Willow Creek Magazine
  • Woodland Park Arts Alliance
  • World Bible
  • Word Publishing

 

Along with portraits and murals, Lois has worked as an illustrator of children's books for years. Click here to see her illustration work.