Artist, Worker, Mother, Singer/Songwriter
Laura Parker is a fine Artist currently living on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. She is by nature, an abstract Mixed Media painter. She works with a wide variety of mixed media paints and materials. She creates abstract constructions on Canvas, Paper, Wood, and Glass.
Laura began her Arts journey in the mid-1970’s as a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. She worked in Musical Theatre as both Singer and Modern/Jazz dancer. Her desire to push and explore rhythmic expression led her to begin work with mixed media in 2000. It was then she became a student of painting and drawing under nationally known Atlanta artist, Chery Baird, at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta. In 2008 Laura relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she was juried into the renowned McGuffey Center for the Arts as a Resident Artist. Laura has shown in galleries in the Southeast and has expanded private collections, internationally. She continues to write and record songs with Atlanta-based writers and musicians.
“Wherever I go, I look for images and objects that may hold composition potential. There are so many shapes, shadows, and lines to be captured on any given day. I actively look for these images wherever I may be. Concrete walls, power lines, scrap metal materials, construction sites, and abandoned buildings offer magical composition ideas. Nature offers the same. I look among trees, rocks, clouds, and bodies of water for form and composition.
I typically photograph or sometimes sketch these images. I ‘feel’ the compositions for rhythm and harmony, just as I would when writing a music composition. I set out to transfer these images to canvas, paper, wood, and glass with paint, collage, and mixed media materials. As an abstract painter, I move quickly and directly, ‘listening’ to the rhythm of the image. For me, it is about listening to the spiritual unconscious from deep within, when I am creating. That is where I feel the true creativity. The final outcome of the piece remains secondary to the journey of the creative process. It is in the process that I find myself and in turn, find the finished piece.
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