I am driven to share with others the world I see. Through my art I explore the process of sharing my view of the world with others.
Painting is a driving force in my life. It is what keeps me sane and makes me happy! I am constantly snapping photos and saying to my friends and family. "I wanna paint that!"
I work in watercolor and on rice paper because I love that I can't always control the medium. It has a spirit of it's own. Submitting to the whims of the paper allows me to experience freedom in a way that feeds my soul. With this unpredictable medium I am constantly challenging myself to let go! At the end of the batik process once the painting is complete and layers of wax have been applied and paint, I crumple my painting up. (oddly therapeutic !) Then one final layer of paint is applied to give it a crazed look. This is my favorite part of the process as many times I've devoted days or even weeks to the creation of a painting without being able to see what it will look like. Once the final paint is applied, the wax can be removed, revealing the painting. It's like opening a Christmas present, gradually the wax melts revealing the painting underneath and the work I've created! I love to demo this and share with people the magic I experience when I remove the wax!
As a young child I used to paint in my Grandmothers studio with her when I stayed with her in the summer. It was there that my passion for painting was ignited! When I'm not creating, I'm a wife and mother to 7 children and one wacky terrier pup. ( I live in Colorado with my husband and five of our seven children, (two are grown), and our crazy dog, Zoe.) With my busy life, people always ask me, "How do you find time to paint?" The answer is that I make time to paint, because everywhere I look I wanna paint that!
Here I am!
I wanna paint that !
Laura is available for commission work on a limited basis, In both batik and watercolor. Be sure to sign up for updates and upcoming events.