Laurie Lisle

writing about the lives of American women, including her own


The best selling biography of one of America's most admired and accomplished painters
The only full biography of this extraordinary and enigmatic American sculptor
A book that offers people without children the life-affirming story of themselves
A modern pastoral about transforming a bare backyard into a mature garden
A vivid history of a wonderful school for teenage girls from all over the world

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
Seaview Books, 1980
Book-of-the-Month, Quality Paperback Book Clubs, 1980
Simon & Schuster/​​Washington Square Press, 1981, 1986
University of New Mexico Press, 1986
Blackstone Audio Books, 1996
Published in Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and Spain
Simon & Schuster/​Atria Books, ebook editions, 2010, 2014

View Laurie's interview about Georgia O'Keeffe with Dr. Gail Saltz at the 92nd St Y in NYC


News about Portrait of an Artist
More than three decades after the first publication of Portrait of an Artist, it is now available in a new enhanced ebook edition with revealing photographs of the artist taken by her husband, famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe is included in Five Hundred Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide, Viking Penguin, 1995

More by Laurie about Georgia O'Keeffe
Review of "Georgia O'Keeffe," by Nancy J. Scott, Women's Studies, Volume 45, Issue 5, 2016

"On Being O'Keeffe's First Biographer" in From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon, Addison-Wesley, 1992

"Viewing O'Keeffe" and "More on O'Keeffe," Journal of the Southwest, 1988, 1993

"Georgia O'Keeffe," Readers Companion to American History, 1991

"Georgia O'Keeffe: Public Notes on a Private Life," Rocky Mountain Magazine, April 1980

Reviews of Portrait of an Artist
Portrait of an Artist is a sensitive and beautifully documented biography. It moved me deeply--I can't remember when a book involved me so totally."
Patricia Bosworth, author, Diane Arbus: A Biography

"Laurie Lisle has given us a mortal Georgia O'Keeffe, whose human hunger and frailties, gifts and strengths, enabled her to survive--triumphantly--a conflicted life. Many readers will draw encouragement and even inspiration from this portrait."
Eleanor Munro, author, Originals: American Women Artists

"Through interviews with O'Keeffe's friends and acquaintances, by delving into the published an unpublished sources and letters...she gives a fine and poignant accounting of the relationship between O'Keeffe and Stieglitz...Above and beyond the personal portrait, Lisle's biography is a marvelous evocation of the American places that have been important in the development of O'Keeffe's character and her art."
James R. Mellow, The Saturday Review