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Hi There!

I am honored and flattered that you're interested in learning more about me.  I'm Laura.  I'm a Watercolor artist and I dabble in ink, photography, digital design, linocut, acrylics, woodworking, name it and I'm either trying it or planning to.  Mostly though, I'm a watercolor artist.

As an artist rooted in Michigan, my work is a reflection of the profound connection I feel with the natural world that surrounds me. Through watercolor, I endeavor to capture the essence and spirit of the diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes that surround me. 

Growing up amidst the picturesque scenery of the MIdwest, I developed an early appreciation for the rich tapestry of nature that I sought out. From the tranquil shores of the Great Lakes to the dense forests teeming with life, Michigan's landscape serves as an endless source of inspiration for my artistic endeavors. The ever-changing seasons offer a kaleidoscope of colors and moods, each presenting its own unique charm and allure.

One of the central themes in my work is the celebration of wildlife, both iconic and elusive, that inhabits the forests, lakes, and skies of Michigan. Through my watercolor brush, I strive to convey not just the outward appearance of these creatures but also their innate grace, resilience, and the intricate harmony they share with their surroundings. Whether it's a close look at the common and well loved robin, the brilliant color or a native Brook Trout, or the silent grace of a deer traversing through a springtime glade, each subject holds a story waiting to be told.

In my artistic process, I find myself drawn to the subtle interplay of light and shadow. Watercolor, with its transparent washes and unpredictable nature, allows me to capture the ephemeral qualities of the natural world with a sense of spontaneity and fluidity. Through careful observation and an understanding of my medium, I seek to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, inviting them to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of nature all around us.

Beyond mere representation, my paintings aim to evoke a sense of connection and reverence for the fragile ecosystems that sustain life in midwestern ecosystems.. In an age of rapid urbanization and environmental degradation, it is increasingly vital to foster a deeper appreciation for the natural world and our role as stewards of the land. Through my art, I hope to inspire others to cultivate a sense of wonder, curiosity, and respect for the delicate balance of nature that surrounds us.

Each painting is a labor of love, born out of countless hours spent exploring the untamed landscapes and observing the intricate rhythms of wildlife in their natural habitats. From the misty marshes of the Upper Peninsula to the sun-dappled meadows of the Lower Peninsula, I endeavor to capture the diverse beauty of my surroundings’ wilderness with authenticity and reverence.

In addition to wildlife, I am equally captivated by the ever-changing moods of Michigan's landscapes, from the rugged grandeur of the Pictured Rocks to the serene beauty of a vernal pool. Through my paintings, I seek to convey the timeless allure of these natural wonders, inviting viewers to embark on a visual journey through the hidden gems and spaces in the natural world.

Ultimately, my art is a testament to the enduring power of nature to inspire, heal, and transform. It is my hope that through the beauty and evocative power of watercolor, I can offer viewers a glimpse into the timeless rhythms of the wilderness and ignite a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us all. Through my work, I aspire to be not just an artist but also a messenger, reminding us of our intrinsic connection to the land and the profound importance of preserving it for generations to come.

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