About the Artist

Artist Bio

Laurel is a Printmaker who was born in the PNW and traveled the world with her military family before returning to settle in Olympia WA late in her childhood.  While earning her BA at The Evergreen State College she worked at a small fine art store where she immersed herself in learning about every medium she possibly could.  Her final academic project in 2006 was a coloring book to promote a nonprofit art group called Procession of the Species, the book  was published and used for promotional material.  From 2009-2011 she curated Pop-Up-Galleries in empty store fronts during Olympia's bi-annual Art Walks, this endeavor was written about in the local Olympian paper.  Laurel's art has won placement on two traffic boxes in Olympia and a Metal flag near the Olympia Capitol Campus.  Since 2016 Laurel has been a member of Splash Gallery of Olympia, a successful cooperative art gallery, and currently sits on the board of directors.  Laurel's printmaking is deeply inspired by the adventures of living in the PNW.  She explores human interaction with the landscape through her painted relief prints and monoprints..

 

 

Artist Statement

As a child I spent my days forging paths under the underbrush, scaling forested hills using fistfuls of sword ferns as ropes, swimming rivers, and wielding my pocket knife to carve proof of my existence in remote places only I knew about.  These early experiences set the foundation for my art.  Since the days of my youth I have learned to use my carving skills in more appropriate places, such as my printmaking studio.  While I practice a handful of printmaking techniques, I enjoy carving relief blocks the most.  The physical action of wielding a knife and creating textures and images on a raw piece of material will never cease to amaze me.  Each of my pieces tell a story of human interaction with nature.  It is my hope that locals and visitors of the PNW will find reflections of their own stories in my art, versions of their own awe inspiring moments as they explore the remote places only they can find.