My ideas usually come from dreams or visions before my eyes during the night -- like a colored slide. Many times ideas grow from the original “slide” to form a continuity within my imagination. These ideas get transferred to watercolor paper or board, or canvas.
Although, I have an idea of the meaning of the piece as I am painting it, the full meaning crystallizes at the completion. My work is developed through several layers/glazes of watercolor washes, or thin layers of oil, and often a great deal of attention is paid to positive and negative spaces.
The major artistic goal I have is to grow to my full potential as a painter; to develop continually my raw technical skills and marry it with my imagination so that I may perfectly express the dreams and visions I experience; and to continually share my artistic expressions with others so that I may communicate to people on various levels spiritually, about nature, and life’s magic, consciously and subconsciously.
I want my fantasy/visionary paintings to send a message of hope, of belief in the miracle of life, and that dreams, magical thoughts can be expressed and transformed into a realistic pursuit and a positive environment where anything is possible and love is ever present; that happiness lies in our continued respect for creation, for all living things -- seen and unseen.
I want to portray a deep appreciation for the life that surrounds us. I want viewers to be so taken with the beauty and colors of my images that they feel renewed and inspired in a positive, energetic or peaceful way.
"Having loved fairy tales as a child and the natural world all of my life, I find it very important to create magical pieces that portray a deep appreciation for the life that surrounds us. I want viewers to be so taken with the beauty of my images and colors that they feel renewed or inspired in a positive, energetic or peaceful way."- L.W.
Laura Walker, 10/2005