Laura is a painter and printmaker particularly interested in landscape and in working intuitively, led by the process.
She grew up on the west coast of the USA and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art Education at Western Washington State University in the USA and later completed a postgraduate multimedia extension course at Bristol Polytechnic.
Laura works in a variety of different media including oils, oil and cold wax medium, printmaking and collage. She is particularly interested in surface, whether decorative, marked by weather and natural processes or created by the application of different materials and techniques, and takes inspiration mainly from landscape and organic forms.
Printmaking work is mainly experimental and she likes to use collagraphs, Gyotaku, carborundum printing and other non-chemical processes to push the boundaries and often to produce a painterly quality in the work.
Paintings are mostly semi-abstract landscapes in which she aims to capture a spirit of place, often focusing in closely and calling on drawings, colour studies, photographs and remembered images in preparation for the final work.
In recent work she has focused on landscapes on the margins between land and water. These places have moved her and she has tried to capture something of the wildness and the stillness she experienced when visiting them for the first time, distilling this through fragments of colour and texture.
When working on a painting Laura uses layers of oil and cold wax medium to build up and then attempt to uncover the subtleties, nuances, light and texture of the place. She works intuitively; there is not a plan but there is intention. The paintings are constantly changing and evolving. Form and content influence each other as the work evolves and by adding layers and then scratching away at the surface, traces of earlier layers are revealed and so the process continues until the painting feels as though its intention has been realised.
Laura says, ‘Working in this way allows me to tap into connections with a particular place at a deep level, to uncover, unearth and go beneath the surface to explore subliminal associations with the landscape. The gradual build-up of layers which are later scratched away allows for instinctual marks and a digging that goes on as I try to connect, to make sense of the landscape.’
Laura now lives in Bristol and is an Artist Network Member and tutor at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and a founder member of the BS9 Arts Trail. Laura's work can be seen at Hadfield Gallery, Cheltenham; Heritage Courtyard Studios, Wells, and Coldharbour Gallery, Bristol and she has work in private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA. Her work has been exhibited widely in the Bristol and Bath area and on numerous occasions at the Royal West of England Academy and in Annual Exhibitions with the Bath Society of Artists.
Teaching - Laura had a successful career teaching art at two leading secondary schools and now teaches and holds workshops for artists at the RWA and in her won studio. Her publications - Kick stART 3 - Supporting art education at Key Stage 3 - a sourcebook for teachers - was jointly produced with three other art educators in 2010.
Recent exhibitions and galleries include:
RWA Annual Open Exhibition 2012
Jenny Life Gallery, Bristol 2012-2013
3D Gallery, Bristol 2012-2013
Coldharbour Gallery, Bristol 2013
Bath Print Open, Bath 2013
Group Show, Alma Tavern, Bristol 2013
West Bristol Art Trail, Bristol 2013
Room 212, Bristol 2013
RWA Annual Open Exhibition 2013 - 14
'Of Form and Texture' - 5 artists at Sidcot Gallery, North Somerset 2014Spike Print Open 2014
BS9 Arts Trail, Bristol 2014
Westbury Park Art Trail, Bristol 2014
Clifton Arts Club Annual Open Exhibition 2014
Accepted as an RWA Artist Member July 2014
West Bristol Arts Trail 2014
North Bristol Art Trail 2014
Coldharbour Gallery Christmas Exhibitions 2013, 2014, 2015
Exhibition of my work at the Robing Room, Bristol Crown Court Dec 2014 -Jan 2015
Spike Print Open May 2013, 2014, 2015
Dorchester Arts Open 2015 - May 2015
Bath Society of Artists 110th Exhibition - May - June 2015
Fringe Arts Festival, Bath May - June 2015
New Visions, Grant Bradley Gallery - June - August 2015
Green Piece, Clifton Fine Art - July 2015
Clifton Arts Club Annual Open Exhibition July 2015, July 2016
Artist residency at River Cottage Canteen, Bristol - Sept - Nov 2015
Taken on by the A2 Gallery, Wells - November 2015 -
Showing work at Hidden Gallery, Clifton - February 2016 - Dec 2017
Represented by Tinca Gallery, Portishead - March 2016 -
Work on show at RWA Artist Network Exhibition, RWA 23 Apr - 15 May 2016
BS9 Arts Trails - May 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Bath Society of Artists 111th Annual Exhibition - Victoria Gallery, Bath 23 Apr - 4 June 2016
Invited artist for the RWA Secret Postcard Auctions - June 2015, 2016, 2017
Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open Exhibition 2016 - June 2016
A2 Open Exhibition - July 2016
Invited artist - RWA Christmas Fair Nov 2016
Exhibition of new work at Tinca Gallery, Portishead Dec 2016 - Feb 2017
'Woodlands and Wetlands' solo show at HOURS Gallery, Bristol 3 - 27 March 2017
'Drawn' RWA 1 Apr - 4 June 2017
Bath Society of Artists 112th Exhibition - 20 May -15 July 2017
Atkinson Gallery Summer Show - 26 June - 4 August 2017
Coldharbour Gallery Summer Show June - August 2017
Exhibition of work - Southmead Hospital -Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
Heritage Courtyard Studios Exhibition 'Winter' 25 Nov - 20 Dec 2017
RWA 165th Annual Open Exhibition 1 October - 3 December 2017
Represented by Hadfield Gallery, Cheltenham Feb 2018 -
Showing four works at 'Surface' Exhibition - Heritage Courtyard Studios, Wells 3-29 March 2018
Three works on display at 'our eARTh' Exhibition - Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, Yorkshire till Dec 2018
'Marshes' is on show at Bath Society of Artists 113th Exhibition 24 March - 12 May 2018
Two works were displayed at Hamilton House for 'Creative Reactions' exhibition - (art meets science) May 2018
Three works have been selected and hung at Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway 8 - 17 June 2018
Six works have gone on show at 'Bloom' Heritage Courtyard Studios, Wells - till 23 June 2018
Eight Gyotaku Fish Prints are on show at The Square Hotel, Clifton -
Three oil paintings are on display at Coldharbour Gallery Summer Show till Sept 2018
Six works have gone on show with Hadfield Fine Art at Cambridge Art Fair 28 - 30 September 2018