Laura took to art early. Classes beginning in grade school led to a regional Scholastic Art Award in her senior year of high school. In college, her artwork was published on the cover of the anthropology department journal and in a professor's book.
Beyond art, her experience is eclectic, ranging from archaeology, geology, and drafting to Middle Eastern dance, to IT. She loves to travel and, after college, spent nearly 10 years living overseas. Always an animal lover, a decade ago she became a birder, actively looking for and learning about birds.
So, it is no surprise that Laura has worked with many creative media. Her professional background includes 8 years making maps by hand and 16 years as a website designer. Creativity for fun has included a variety of textile arts as well as jewelry design and mosaics.
In 2008, she was introduced to polymer clay and it became a favorite medium. More recently, she studied traditional 2-D art media while pursuing a Certification in Nature Art, which she received in 2019, from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. Her most recent work usually combines polymer clay with other media, creating low-relief wall pieces.
Laura is a member of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, the Tucson Polymer Clay Guild, and the International Polymer Clay Association (IPCA). In 2022, she won 1st place in the 2-D category of the IPCA's 2nd Annual Global Exhibit. Her work has been exhibited in solo, juried, and invitational shows at diverse venues across Arizona and as far afield as Berlin, Germany. She is honored to have a piece in the permanent collection of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Laura’s art will be displayed at Quincie Douglas Library during the month of August 2022.