Throughout her life journey, Laura has embraced living as a Renaissance person. With training and work experience in the arts-music, visual art, craftsmanship, theatre and dance- and a thirst for research, travel, and learning, she believes everyone has creative potential.
After attending UC Santa Barbara for two years(Theatre, Music, Inter-collegiate soccer), she transferred and received her undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art from UC Davis, and a Master of Fine Arts in Design for Theatre from UC Irvine. While there, she also studied Musical Theatre. After working and teaching in Orange County, she moved to Rhode Island to join the theatre faculty at Roger Williams University, where she also served as scenery/lighting designer/technical director for many productions over three years. During this time, she had an active business selling New England watercolors off the walls of several Newport, RI restaurants, worked as a bartender, and occasional cabaret singer.
She became a professor at the University of Maryland near Washington, DC, where besides designing scenery, she taught set design, scene painting, history of design, props and stagecraft, in the Department of Theatre. At the same time, her painting services became in demand around the Washington D.C. area. For many years, she kept a busy studio of projects; painted finishes and murals in large commercial spaces, retail and residential venues, museum exhibit work, church ceilings, and other unique projects.
She loved teaching, and taught trompe l'oeil at the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, and part-time music/art/theatre at a small k-8 school. As much as the painting work itself, she enjoyed the collaboration with architects, interior designers, construction companies, and clients; and loved the positive and transformative impact her work had on spaces.
Her greatest commission came when her two daughters were born, and while raising them, she found many ways to use her various life skills . They are now grown with careers; Harley is Miss Oregon 2017 and a student at the University of Oregon, and Charlie recently earned the title of US Marine and is a student at UO while serving in the Reserves.
Currently enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Pacific Northwest and living on the beautiful McKenzie River!
Artist statement I love drama and color in nature, and like to create paintings that make people want to go where I've been. I want my art to be enjoyable and fun. I hope to show a glimpse of God's artistry, and to honor the Master. Having worked with light as a medium,, as well as 3-dimensional form and action in theatre, I try to bring these influences to my pieces. To God be all the glory!
Partial client listing Bureau of National Affairs, Smithsonian Resident Associates, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Apple Computer Philadelphia and Atlanta, Philip Morris/Kraft Foods, Men's Wearhouse, National Dairy Farmers Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, EMILY's List, Amideast, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Over 200 projects for trade associations, restaurants, retail, law offices, lobbies, and fine homes in the Washington DC area.