About Laurel

I am an abstract painter. Each of my paintings emerge over time with layers of texture, marks, colour, and materials in a call-and-response-like manner. Marks are laid down and call for the next response in the form of action. Each stoke or pull of the knife informs and provokes the next mark. My painting is a visual expression of the struggle of this process. I am particularly interested in the themes of transition, struggle and growth, and am inspired by human development, psychology, and my experience as a Crisis Line worker.

The process of painting mirrors the struggle we all experience just by living as a human being. There are peaks and valleys during this creative process — it can be both exhilarating and depressing. It can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. The struggles in the process of making a painting and the struggles in our lives contain a message that gives us information about the next decision we need to make. When I hit an obstacle in the process of making a painting, I know I need to make a change in my approach. The obstacle is the message. When one reads the titles of my paintings, it is evident that I attribute meaning to each piece. Each work marks some struggle I’ve gone through to learn and grow. Life will inevitably present struggle to each of us — to struggle is universal. My paintings celebrate the value of struggle in our lives.  

To arrange a studio visit or for pricing inquiries email or call 604 868 4838. 

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Above photo: Britney Berrner @britneyvb


Painting is the most interesting activity I know. You start with a blank canvas and fill it up with something completely new — and the paint goes exactly where you put it. The awkwardness or brilliance of that stroke is yours, all yours. I am striving for less awkwardness (or perhaps just the right kind).

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Studio

My studio is in a big old warehouse building called the Parker Street Studios at 1000 Parker St. in Vancouver, chock-full of artist studios. I am an exhibiting artist at the Eastside Culture Crawl (Artist profile), which is an annual chance to visit my open studio, as well as many other artists.

Pricing

My large pieces (36 x 36 in. – 56 x 64 in.) currently range from about $2000-3800. My medium pieces (18 x 24 in. – 36 x 36 in.) range from about $600-2000. Small pieces (8 x 10 in – 16 x 20 in.) range from about $190-550. 

Feel free to email me about any specific piece to get exact details. Payment plans can be arranged. 

Commissions may be arranged. Prices subject to change.