Artist Laura Lloyd Fontaine

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 Laura Lloyd Fontaine paints on large gallery wrap canvas, primed with Venetian Plaster. Her style is known as representational painting, or as she refers to it as contemporary impressionism with a traditional flair. She works with mixed media in order to layer colors with dry brush and glazes. After priming her canvas with Venetian Plaster, she sketches a composition with water base paint, applies several layers of oil glazes and dry brush, finishes the highlights with a palette knife, and seals it with several layers of varnish and buffed wax. Laura prefers to use large brushes to avoid detail and create a soft luminosity. Laura has always admired the American Impressionist Henry Hensche and Charles W. Hawthorne, founder of the original Cape Cod School of Art. Laura finds that the Venetian Plaster is a wonderful surface to layer color to create atmosphere and depth.
 Laura’s home and studio looks over the marsh of Charleston, S.C. Laura relies on her many charcoal sketches of compositions and plein air paintings for the intensity of the light and the value changes.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art at Hollins College and continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1986, she took many classes in Great Neck, N.Y to learn the techniques of the old masters at distressing and faux finishing walls and furniture. She worked for designers in Philadelphia and New York for 15 years. During this time period she was featured in several magazines.
In 1995, she began painting in oils. Laura took workshops from many artist including Dee Beard Dean, Rhett Thurman, West Frazier, Ken Backhaus, Larry Moore, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lois Griffel, Perry Austin. She studied under Chris Groves for 6 years.
Between 2001 and 2010, Laura had 20 home shows in several cities in the South East.  She was selling 50-80 paintings a year. She is now represented by Atelier Gallery in Charleston, SC, Huff Harrington in Atlanta, Ga., John Collette Fine Art in Cashiers, NC, and Camellia in Hilton Head, SC.
Honorable Mention, COPA Paint Out 2004
Honorable Mention, Art League of Hilton Head 2011
Juried into the Judith Ryan Williams Nature and Wildlife Art Exhibit
      St. Augustine, FL.
Juried into the Charleston Artist Wildlife Exhibit 2011
Honorable Mention in 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibit
2012 Best of America Oils published by Kennedy Publishing Co. chose several paintings to be
   Published in their annual book
Laura Lloyd Fontaine is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a Signature Member of the Charleston Artist Guild, American Impressionist Society, American Woman Artist, and Woman Painters of the South East.


Laura Lloyd Fontaine lives in Charleston, SC and is recognized for her large, impressionist landscapes of the low country.  She refers to it as contemporary impressionism with a traditional flair. Her process of creating a painting is unique to most artist. She prepares her canvas with a foundation of Venetian Plaster, which is ground marble. She has many years of working with plaster in her earlier years when she worked with faux finishes. The technique of painting on plaster with many layers of glazes gives her paintings its beautiful glow. Laura finds that working on a textured surface, she is able  to layer color to create the depth of atmosphere.
 In 2015, Laura was chosen as the Featured Artist of Kiawah's renown magazine, Kiawah Island Legends. 
In 2018, Laura was commissioned to paint Drayton Hall, one of Charlestons most beautiful plantations. The painting will be auctioned off in the Spring of 2019 to raise money for the Preservation Trust. She was deeply honor finding out that she is the first artist to be chosen to paint and sketch the beautiful historical home since the 1800s.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and a minor in Art History at Hollins College in Roanoke, VA. She continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of Art. 
Laura studied faux finishes in Great Neck, NY at the Finishing school, the masters of professional painted finishes.
Laura has taken many workshops from artists and has enjoyed traveling and learning from all of them.
2019 September, Show at Reinert Fine Art
2019 May, Show at The Bascom in Highlands, NC
2018 Drayton Hall's featured Artist
2017 Solo Show Reinert Fine Art Charleston, SC
2016 March, Solo Show Principle Gallery
2016 March, Speaker  and demonstration at the first Renaissance Woman of Charleston Event, Principle Gallery
2016 March, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Auction
2016 April, One [...]

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