Laurie Harden is an illustrator and painter, and has been, it seems, all her life. It is her first love and abiding passion. She works in Oils, Gouche, Pastels, Charcoal & Pencil.

Laurie studied at Kansas City Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Laurie has worked as a free-lance illustrator for over 30 years (see client list below).

Laurie now spends most of her time teaching art classes to adults, teens and children at several art associations. She specializes in Oil Painting Classes, Drawing Fundamentals, Figure Drawing & Portraits, and Pastel Classes. She also gives private lessons.

Harden’s work is widely exhibited, awarded, commissioned and collected. An artist with a international clientele, she has received many portrait commissions, including former NJ governor, Brendan Bryne, and former Prime Minister of Japan, Keizo Obuchi.

Laurie has exhibited her fine art at the Salmagundi Art Club, The National Arts Club, the Pen & Brush Club in NYC, as well as many venues in NJ. She is a member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Allied Artists, the American Artists Professional League, the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of NJ, and the Art Centre of NJ to mention a few.

Ms. Harden resides in Northern New Jersey.


Harper & Collins
McGraw Hill
Houghton Mifflin
Holt, Reinhart & Winston
Grossit & Dunlop
Pearson Learning
Lerner Publishing
Antheneum Books
Globe Fearon
Cobblehill Books
Avon Books
Aladdin Paperbacks
People’s Publishing Group
Scholastic Magazines
Cricket Magazine Group
Science Fiction Age
Dell Magazines
N.Y. Times
N.Y. Daily News