|Wild Turkey 36 inches x 48 inches|
A self-taught artist, Laura adheres layer upon layer of hand cut, patterned paper squares to a large canvas, covers the squares with tissue, applies more cut paper and colored tissue to blend, shade, and add texture... well, you get the idea. No paint is used. Obviously each collage takes many hours - days actually - to complete.
|Carolina Parakeets 48 inches x 60 inches|
A new show of Laura's work titled Audubon Interpretations will open on November 7 and run through December 3, 2013 at the the Lagerquist Gallery in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. Laura was inspired to reinterpret John James Audubon's original watercolor paintings of birds after visiting a showing of his work at the New York Historical Society last year. She has been working on this group of collages for the past nine months.
These next three images are from earlier collections and feature profuse detail and color. The depth of field Laura is able to capture simply with the tiniest pieces of paper and glue is remarkable!
|Reflections 30 inches x 30 inches|
|Grapevines of Blenheim 28 inches x 22 inches|
She appeared on the HGTV show That's Clever in 2009... it's fascinating to watch as she creates a collage.
Laura will be continuing the Audubon series through next year, and will attend the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina in February to show more birds.