In Studio: The Dreamy Works of Lacie Van Orman

Lacie Van Orman’s work is whimsical and dreamy, a playful and quietly vivid look at landscapes she loves.

She showcases tranquil landscapes and downtown landmarks near her home in Bismarck, North Dakota by playing with color and texture. The resulting hazy Technicolor dreamscapes are somehow both cheerful and a little moody. And they make you look twice.

Loupine Design Wall Display

Lacie has always been a creative person, but she’s “officially” been creating since she started selling prints, laptop sleeves and pillows (so cute!) on Etsy under the name Loupine Design last August.

In today’s In Studio post, Lacie takes us inside her work space and tells us a little about what inspires her and how her design process works. If you like what you see here, you can follow Loupine Design on Facebook and purchase her work through her Etsy store.

If you’re in North Dakota, you can find Lacie’s work under the Loupine Design label at A Creative Outlet and the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative in Bismarck and Springfield Market (a grocery store — I love it when people think outside the box!) in Richardton.

Everybody, meet Lacie!

– Alicia

All photos in this story are provided by Lupine Design. All rights reserved.


What materials do you use?
“My camera and computer.”

How do you describe the work that you do?
“I call my artwork graphic photography. I am a graphic designer and have always loved experimenting with photography, so I thought it would be fun to combine the two and include a local spin.

My pieces start as a photograph of a local city or rural scene and are then enhanced with texture and color that I add through graphic design.”

Graphic Photography by Lupine Design

Who or what has influenced your work?
“I have always been the creative type and have messed around with photography since I was a little girl. I think North Dakota’s picturesque countrysides and lively downtowns are inspiring and fun to try and capture.”

How does your current audience respond to your work?
“I have had an excellent response! My husband, Todd, and I were wanting something to put up on a large wall in our house. I made a few pieces that I thought fit the space well and shortly thereafter we had some family and friends stop over. They loved my work and wondered if I would be interested in selling any pieces.

I made a few designs and started an Etsy store just for the fun of it. I have now been fortunate to have my art sold at four locations around the state and have been included in two charity art auctions.”

On display at A Creative Outlet

What’s your creative process like?
“I tend to come up with an idea and then set off to find the perfect locale to match my vision.

From there, it’s a matter of having a great couple of sessions on the computer in my home office. I play music loud and kind of get lost in my little slice of the world.”

What is your workspace like and how does it function for you?
“I love having a goldilocks space — not too big, not too small, just right. Give me some sun streaming in through the window and an iced chai. That’s a perfect workspace.”

Lupine Design Office Space

What inspires you?
“My artwork is inspired by the different seasons. I love sunshine on a summer day, cool breezes in the fall, the calm of the winter, and the sound of birds chirping in the spring….but capturing all of that is tricky. So I use color and texture. These two elements bring life, energy, and moods to my art.”

How do you balance your art with the other parts of your life?
“My artwork is something I do on the side. It allows me to use my creativity and is pretty low-stress, I think everyone should have some sort of an outlet like that.”

On display at A Creative Outlet

Which local artists do you admire?
“Bismarck has a lot of talent. I am a supporting member of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative (BDAC) and it is always fun to go and visit the gallery. Everytime I leave thinking ‘wow, I wish I could do that’.”

Why is it important to support local artists?
“I think artists are part of a community’s pulse. I have been to cities with large art scenes and the creative influence spreads throughout.

Besides having beautiful murals, landscaping, statues, and funky architecture, the community members seem to pull together and support one another. Musical performances, farmer’s markets, and festivals are frequently held and locally owned shops are around every bend.

Supporting the local allows artists to keep doing what they love and in turn it enhances the area in which we live.”

From the "Guy & Girl" series by Lupine Design

What are you working on now?
“I have a ‘Guy & Girl’ series where I draw in two characters on top of a Bismarck photo. They are cute and sweet and I’m starting my third in a series of four.”

What do you want to do next?
“After the series I’m currently working on, my plans are to start on a new Bismarck series. I may stretch out a bit and do scenes from surrounding North Dakota locales but the idea I have in mind will first focus on Bismarck. I don’t have it completely figured out yet, but I’m excited to dive in!”

What does being an artist mean to you?
“To me, it means being creative in one’s everyday life. My mother is a creative person and has always worked/built/created with her hands. I grew up not knowing any different. We crafted and did DIY projects on a regular basis and that has followed me into adulthood. I love to use creativity and it has shaped my personality, interests, educational route and occupations.”

What do you hope people take away from seeing your work?
“My work is whimsical and colorful. There is not much to understand or interpret from my pieces, rather I just hope it makes people smile.”


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