Artist of the Month Exhibition - Preview evening live on Instagram at 7pm, Friday 31st July
"I'm thrilled to be chosen as Artist of the Month at the Wonky Wheel. Small galleries like this are at the heart of art and cultural life across the country. I hope people will come along to support the exhibition - and the gallery. Mary has done a fantastic job making the space safe and attractive for visitors."
I specialise in oil paintings inspired by gardens, fields and woodlands. I am interested in the beauty and the fragility of the world around us and representing something mortal or ephemeral in a permanent image.
I have always felt a very strong connection to the natural world from my earliest days climbing trees, making dens and discovering creatures in the fields and woods in the small Suffolk village where I grew up. This sense of wonder has never left me but now I feel a much greater sense of responsibility towards it.
I am influenced in part by environmental events on a global scale and the destruction of natural habitats. However, much of my work explores the interesting and sometimes overlooked details of the local landscape and the flora and fauna around us. The idea is that the small things matter as much as the big things.
Immersing ourselves in the natural landscape, away from the busyness of towns and cities, can be uplifting and restorative. My paintings are an attempt to describe a connection with our impermanent and changing world.
After completing an Art Foundation, I spent a further three years studying for a BA (hons) in Art and History of Art at the Winchester School of Art. I went on to complete a Masters Degree in Contemporary Art, Criticism and Philosophy at the University of Essex. More recently I completed a course at Central St Martins specialising in colour theory.
In the past I have taught art at GCSE and A Level and I have also taught BA (hons) Fine Art students at degree level. I now teach workshops locally.
In preparation for the exhibition Mary from Wonky Wheel Gallery and Laura sat down and had a chat around Laura’s love for art and what inspires the paintings.
To read in conversation with Laura and Mary, check out our Blog Post
Some of Laura's artwork is stocked in our gallery in Finchingfield and a selection can also be bought online below.