Artist’s Statement: Humans Being
The works in my series, Humans Being, depict symbolic figures that allow us to see our neighbors or ourselves in the undefined faces. I look for universality, no matter the color of the skin. Faces and hair can be blue, green, white, pink, purple—whatever works to serve the composition and my intent. Color and body language convey the emotion of the moment, of the life experienced by each subject. These archetypal humans dwell in ambiguous backgrounds where the sense of place only suggests surroundings familiar to all of us. Threading its way in and out of the works is a theme of social awareness. I want these paintings to prompt the telling of narratives and to inspire empathetic conversations. These works are my means of expressing the divinity and diversity of human beings, no matter their circumstances or status in the culture we share.
My Five-Sentence Bio
My art career began at age 16 when I responded to a “Draw Me Talent Test,” an advertisement placed in a farm magazine by Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis. It went on to include over 30 years as a graphic designer. During that time I honed my design skills for the practical purpose of marketing my clients’ businesses. My focus shifted in 2013 when I sold my business, affording me the time and space to concentrate on my fine art studio practice. Now, rather than creating to help market products and services, I create to elevate the lives of those touched by my art.
Sign up for Laura’s monthly newsletter here.