The constant exposure to a variety of visual images influences my evolving style of artwork. Throughout my childhood in New England I found myself drawn to children's book illustrations, the work of painters from art history, and contemporary realists. I began drawing and painting in reaction to those artworks. Now, bold contemplative explorations of color and compositions fascinate me. At the same time I love details of and the nuances of descriptive line.
I am moved to paint by the same spirit that inspired me at two years old to render Humpty Dumpty in crayon on a white cupboard. Only now, it is with oil paint and watercolors that I try to communicate what inspires me. I find myself changing and trying new ways of creative expression yet, somehow I always return to the narrative. It is the story inspires me to paint. The story that is told by each new painting I begin is what interests me. I love the celebration of rich color balancing strong composition.
When viewing my paintings there is no great mystery to unfold. I enjoy painting. It is my sincere wish that the viewer enjoys the experience of viewing the images with as much pleasure as I have in telling the story with paint.
Laura Brown attended the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut where she began a lifelong love of painting. She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Two years later she returned to earn a post-baccalaureate certification to teach fine arts. She has taught in public schools and continues to teach classes at her Westfield studio, for the Arts Guild of New Jersey, and for City of Rahway, NJ
Laura's Illustrations have appeared in magazines and books. She accepts commissions for paintings and portraits, she has created murals and art for installations.
Laura has exhibited in Group and solo Exhibition and shows including: The Artist Framer Gallery, Cranford NJ; Pearl Street Gallery, Elizabeth NJ; Gallery on the Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ; Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, CT, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro NJ
Awards: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Honorable Mention