Laurie is a California native with a degree in art from Humboldt State University. She earned her M.Ed. from UMass Amherst and is now retired from full-time teaching. She spends her time making a joyful mess in her home studio, and also loves traveling, photography (see A Loving Eye Photography), music, gardening, cooking, hiking, and more.
I was fortunate to grow up in a home where art was valued and where my own creative efforts were encouraged. Some of my happiest times were spent with paper, paints, and markers. I was an incessant doodler all through school, and dreamed of becoming a children's book writer and illustrator.
Although I earned a B.A. in art, I became an elementary classroom teacher, teaching all subjects to my little ones and rarely painting for myself. In later years I raised a son and started a small portrait photography business (A Loving Eye Photography) while still teaching. Those were busy times.
Now retired from full-time teaching, I've picked up my paintbrush once again. I feel in some ways that I have returned home after a long journey, and the homecoming is sweet, indeed! In my studio I am free, true to myself, and endeavor to stay in the present moment with my brush as my guide. I strive to get out of my own way, ignoring the voices of judgement and self doubt. It is only then that my work comes alive and sings with joy and authenticity.
Sometimes I feel like a sculptor who senses a beautiful shape hidden within the stone; all she has to do is chip away until it is revealed. When I spread paint on canvas, I look to see what it is telling me. It leads, I follow, and when I get there I simply say... yes.