Artist Laura Barrow

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The Artist Says:

I am deeply grateful to be able to make art and to share it with others.  It is a privilege of which I hope to be worthy before I lay down my brush many years from now (God willing) . My desire is to celebrate the amazing natural world our Creator shares with us, as well as the sensuous medium of oil paint.  I hope to create work which is more than attractive and well-executed.  There is plenty of that around already.  I seek to connect with the place in all its particulars: the time of day, the weather, the spirit... and to bring that back to the viewer through paint in a way that has relevance to that viewer.  Through the particulars of my subject and style I hope to convey some universals; we are beloved of God and the amazing world around us is only one of the many gifts we're given daily. 


Laura is a member of  Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and Plein Air Austin.  Laura's Big Bend Opuntia won "Best Outdoor Still Life" in the Plein Air Salon of Dec/Jan 2020. Her work has been juried into both the NOAPS Best of America Exhibition as well as the International Online Open Call Exhibition put on by NOAPS, and OPA's 2020 Virtual Salon show. Laura enjoys painting en plein air and in her home studio, taking time out to care for her dog, birds, and koi.
A native Austinite and daughter of trained painters, Laura grew up making all sorts of art with her mother's art materials and visiting art museums when traveling with the family.  But it wasn't until her college years that Laura began to paint seriously.  First painting abstractly with acrylics, Laura then began to use watercolor as well as acrylic to paint realistically.  She discovered that by using three watercolor pads at once, she could paint from life and respond to the same scene in different ways by moving between the surfaces and working on them at various stages of wetness.  Eventually Laura began using her acrylics as under-paintings for oils and now oil paint is her media of choice.
Laura's formal art instruction began at Duke University and later she studied with The University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy as well as with The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and Austin Museum of Art's Laguna Gloria Art School (now The Contemporary's Art School). Many talented painters have been an important part of Laura's artistic journey: after her parents, Carole and Charles Sikes, there was Bill Hoey, Bill Wiman, [...]

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