Artist Bio

Laurel is an Artist living and working out of Olympia Washington.  She loves the process of creating art, she finds it very fulfilling.  She has played with many mediums extensively, but always returns to printmaking like it's a long lost friend.  The medium of printmaking encompasses a wide range of techniques, but relief printing is one of her favorites.  Laurel carves her blocks with the intention of hand coloring the pieces after she prints.  She carves in such a way that she has plenty of room to add color.  After she has printed her blocks she hand colors many of the prints with watercolors, colored pencils, or watercolor pencils.  Hand coloring the individual prints make each one unique and different, and allows Laurel to practice her love of painting along with printmaking. 

In her art Laurel finds ways to combine the things that she loves, and shares them with her audience. A good portion of her work is inspired by the nature of the Puget Sound region she calls home. With her printmaking she explores the flora, fauna and human experience that is the Pacific Northwest community.  She combines her love of her community with her love of storytelling.  She tells stories of everyday joys, from spotting a duck dive, to cuddling on the couch, to being whisked away in the pages of a good book.  It's these little things we all take pleasure in that connects us as humans.  They are the things worth capturing and recreating.