Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind
Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind
A native of Virginia, Laura trained as a painter at The University of North Carolina in Ashville, the art rich area of western North Carolina. She draws her creative experiences from working not only as a painter but also as a printmaker. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia and works from her studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.
I like to describe my paintings as, “color driven atmospheric abstractions”. My paintings are intuitive; having no concrete reference, but they evoke a familiar image. There seems to be a realistic image coming from the abstract painting; a painting within the painting. The paintings create an illusion; the painting you see and the one you imagine.
The paintings in this exhibition are done in oils on a variety of materials; canvas, panels, and a paper produced from recycled polypropylene pellets. I work “wet on wet” thus producing seamless fields of color within the format. Areas of the composition are drawn back into with Prismacolor pencil.
I am intrigued by all kinds of materials and love to imagine how to combine and integrate them into unexpected new patterns, creating new dynamics. Being able to bring together opposites into new relationships and harmonies with each other has always been deeply satisfying. A walk down the aisles of Home Depot can be as inspirational as watching a sunset. A piece of plexiglass, wood, tile or flashing might be the beginning of a new piece as I think of how to merge opposites of matte and gloss finishes, smooth and textured surfaces, geometric and free form images. There is an almost sensual pleasure when I scavenge through collections of used things of all kind - roofing, metal pieces, cabinet doors, sticks, leaves, clay, unfinished artwork- and think of how to blend them into provocative new visual experiences for myself and others.
Art of the Week
12 x 40 Iridescent glass and Copper on panel provides a calming experience while viewing. The copper Cross surrounded by all the beautiful and colorful cahotic noise allows us to realize the "peace" that is present in the midst of life.
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edward noonen - ceramic artist
My work as a Death Investigator for Douglas County Kansas made lasting impressions.
For decades, I have made and continue to make functional pottery. I make funeral urns,
too. This is the genesis of my current work. The symbols I choose and the method of
my practice are meant to invoke contemplation of life’s journey. As my potter’s wheel
turns, the soft porcelain spirals up. I shape it into basic forms to be further enhanced.
The placement of the designs is a combination of careful planning and serendipitous
progression of the work. Until it is fired in the kiln, it can be slaked down in water,
impermanent as human life. Upon glaze firing its life could last thousands of years.
Cool. Skulls appear in many cultural and religious celebrations. Our friends to the south
enjoy Dia de los Muertos, Halloween is everywhere these days and skulls are
prominent in many ancient and current religious rituals worldwide. In secular life, they
are associated with dire warnings. Pirates, outlaws and poison labels display skulls for
obvious effect. There is a Latin phrase, dum vivimus vivamus, which roughly translated
means, “while we live, let us live”. My hope is that the impressions I make on the
surfaces of the pieces allow the viewer to see and enjoy the subtle beauty of the