Artist Laura Frykman

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Artists’ Statement/Bio Laura Frykman
I’ve been studying and creating art for 37 years, including coursework atMCAD, the Univ. of Minnesota, and the Minnesota River School of FineArt, in addition to masters’ work in Spirituality and Art. Besides creatingpastel landscapes, I work in oils, do 3D collage, murals, and abstractpieces. I teach studio and plein air painting privately, and I have aMasters of Art Education from the University of Minnesota, with a
K-12 MN teaching license.
I’m currently seeking ways to deepen the content of my work, meldingpersonal imagery and an expressive style, with my eye for line andrealistic detail. Even in realism, I am really grappling with a movingequilibrium of opposite qualities: bright vs. dull, clear vs. obscure,stillness and movement, harmony within randomness.
I paint out of awe at the exquisite effects of light, out of thesatisfaction of knowing depth in space, and my place in alandscape that is at once literal and spiritual.  I paint to share myjoy at participating in the colors and rhythms around me, that dancethrough me as I channel them onto paper. I believe that good art is noless than a slice of life given focused, honest thought and shared visually.

Collectors Say:

Critic Thomas O’Sulivan wrote that I  “bring a sensuoustouch to sky and sea" in his review of the MN. State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit.
St. Paul PioneerPress, Aug. 22, 2004.
Red Wing Arts Association, Plein Air Festival Show, judge Mary Pettis gave Award of Excellence to “Barn Bluff” and “Backchannel Blues’ won the People’s Award, June-Aug.9, 2009.
Edina Art Ctr Member’s Juried Show, “Peony Carousel” won Award of Excellence from judgeJeff Huirnenko, spl07/2004 fall 2007
and lots of kudos on Facebook...!


I call it Expressive Realism. I paint to explore & express the playful effects of light, rhythm & color I see...,blended and balance within the music of my heart. The longer I paint, the more my singing, dancing and jazz listening inform my compositions... as I pursue the flow state; the Chi.
Within the liveliness of nature I seek a still depth.   Within silence I seek the harmonies of spirit revealed by one place, at one moment in time.
I have 38 years of painting experience, including atelier oil portraiture at the MN River School of Fine Art, advanced painting at the Womens Art Institute, MCAD, a Masters of Art Education from the University of Minnesota, and a MN k-12 Teaching License.  My interior work is informed by Masters level study of religion & spirituality at United Theological Seminary, and 2 years of Tai Chi practice. I was a professional master floral designer for 12 years. 
Currently I teach plein air and studio painting in pastels and oils out of my studio.
I create oil & pastel landscapes en plein air and in the studio,  plus florals, murals, collage/assemblage... and I keep a sketch journal of local musicians playing, live.
Here's a link to the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota article announcing my win at Grand Marais Plein Air 2019:  https://www.outdoorpainter.com/2019-plein-air-grand-marais-winners/
I have now been accepted into the Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member.  If you're curious about pastels, copy & paste this link to what pastels are all about, and my local group, the Lakes Area Pastel Society.  (sorry the link option isn't working here):
My goal is to embody these qualities:

"PSA Membership shall be granted to artists who meet these criteria:

Artists whose paintings could be seriously considered for inclusion in the Annual
Artists from whom the jury would like to see more paintings
Artists whose work [...]

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