Laurel was born and raised in Southern California, and spent much of her youth outdoors with her family at the coast, in the mountains, and at the family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras. From a young age she loved to draw and paint, and over the years honed her art skills with a BA in art from California State University, Long Beach, and with design work in the Los Angeles region in the fields of graphics, surface design, and textiles. Since 2001 Laurel has made her home in Oregon, where she has focused on landscape, ranch, and still-life oil painting. Her primary influences are the early 20th century California, East Coast, European, and Russian Impressionists. Her inspiration is nature, preferring to paint from real life. "My aim is to paint compelling light, and whatever aspect I most love about a scene. My brush-strokes are bold, painterly, and impressionistic, largely because my greatest fear is to paint a picture which feels boring or tedious. Always at the core of my work, however, I strive for a balanced design which moves the eye through a varied but unified composition."
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