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, craft....you name it and I'm either trying it or planning to. Mostly though, I'm a watercolor artist.
I wish I wish I could say I had formal training but aside from High School Fine Arts, I am self-taught. I'm not brand loyal to any particular paint, paper or brush in my work but I am a partial to Arches paper and Windsor and Newton paints. I show work in a few Michigan shows and galleries and hoping to add some more.
I'm an educator by day and serious nature lover in my free time. Since I was a little kid, I've been fascinated with nature. One of my first memories is of building a little bird feeding station in my sandbox in the backyard. Complete with my seed-covered peanut butter toilet paper tube birdfeeder.
Now I pretty much live the dream of any woodland dweller. We have three bird feeding stations, a fly fishing river close by, a modest little ranch house backed up to a small patch of forest (which backs up to a large pond or small lake). We just moved here, to rural northern Michigan, and are hard at work getting native plants planted, a tiny garden started and lots of wood chopped for next year's woodstove. This summer we'll be building a studio on the property as well. Pretty amazing!
I manage NORDmi.com as a small artists collaborative including the website and all of the social media. I couldn't do all of this alone though. I have my Dad, Charles Stockwell, who also helps with shipping and writing for the site. He is a successful digital artist himself and shares some of his work here on the site as well. I am also lucky to have an amazing partner, Chris. He is a true craftsman as well. He's retiring this year and you'll see a lot of his work coming up on the site too.
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