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Laurie Steen RWA



Laurie started drawing shadows of trees in my garden since she was a teenager. This marked the beginning of her interest in art and need to make. Laurie says that, looking back, 'it was about capturing the fleeting nature of trees, positive and negative spaces and forms in the landscape. It helped me understand the need to focus less on the recognition of an image and allow the energy and spontaneity of process to become celebrated. I tend to call all of my work drawings even though most of them are drawings combined with oil and mixed media paintings, mostly because the genesis of each piece begins and ends with drawing.'

Laurie's motivation has always lied in her belief of drawing and searching to find her own figuration. The process of which, is at the very centre of how she work. To Laurie, drawing is simply about having a love for making an image, with the image in turn feeling truer than the real thing. She seeks to make drawings that embrace and demonstrate a subtle stillness and movement in life, through themes exploring nature, the portrait and the fleeting landscape.

Raised in the foothills of Millarville, Alberta in Canada, Laurie grew up with a deep understanding of and respect for nature; specifically the relationships we as human beings have with it. It is this connection to nature, that has continually drawn her to England throughout her life. A purist in many ways, Laurie’s drawings are as emotional as they are intellectual. “My relationship with the English landscape is very sensory, leading me to approach nature drawings as I would a portrait, where time and space enter the work in the form of layers. The trees here seem to emit a silence and light, and have an unmeasurable desire to be.”

“Until recently I never thought of myself as a landscape artist, my profession being a visual artist who loves to draw, making large intimate drawings within nature, as well as figurative and oil works. Yet increasingly it is the environment around me and in which I live that is my constant source of inspiration - it informs both my oil paintings and drawings and is the subject of the majority of my work in the studio today. ”

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