My goal is to combine my love of color, wildlife, photography and painting into singular works of art showcasing the amazing diversity of wildlife.
I have a special passion for showcasing the lesser-known beauties in the natural world, whether that be species on the verge of extinction, the more unusual or "wacky" creatures out there, or simply bringing to attention more common creatures that simply don't get the appreciation they deserve (like pollinators and arachnids!)
Lauren "LJ" Rucker grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, majored in Accounting at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, and currently lives in Oklahoma City, where she spends half her time continuing her accounting profession, and the other half exploring and expanding her artistic interests.
Her love of wildlife, photography, and painting has been lifelong, but in recent years, has she taken on the goal to combine all these passions into one. When it's practical, she travels to wildlife-rich areas, fills her camera with photos of all sorts of animals, then bring those photos home as inspiration for her paintings.
When she can't travel, she enjoys staying home and documenting all the wildlife in her own backyard, which now has hundreds of native plants, creating a space full of wildlife and pollinators. In the spring, she even raises Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies!
In 2019, her photo of a mountain lion cub won the Carnivore category of OKC Zoo's "Capture the Wild" photography contest.
She hopes her photographs and paintings can bring extra fascination and appreciation for nature to people that own her works, and when her artwork is viewed online or in galleries, that it helps bring to light the amazing animals on this planet, as well as recognize the conservation efforts being made all around the globe.