Opus Demos

I just took SEVEN weeks off of painting to put myself through the wringer. Am I ever glad to be back.

I enrolled in two seven week condensed summer psychology courses at UBC. Which, FYI, is the equivalent to taking a full course load. Admittedly, I might not have conceived of it quite like that when I signed up. Willful ignorance, perhaps? So I wouldn't think about it to much and just do it? On top of that, I did 100 hours of training at the Crisis Centre, my new volunteer gig, AT THE SAME TIME. I literally did not touch a paint brush for the entire time. Or do anything else besides study and sleep. (Why I did all this is a much longer conversation...) 

But the self-imposed break DID remind me of how much painting is a part of me. That when I am away from it, I pine for it. Other people are passionate about boating, or climbing, or travelling, and such — for me, it is painting.

I plan to produce a lot in the next six months. This photo below shows a few on the wall that are well underway.


The last demo I did at Opus went very well, so they invited me back! This time to both their North Van AND their Downtown storesThe first one is this coming Sunday in North Van.

Exploring Mark-Making & Texture with Laurel Swenson

When: Sunday July 10th, 11am-1pm

Location: Opus North Van — 119 - 949 3rd Street West, North Vancouver

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Space is limited and registration is required.
Please contact Opus North Vancouver at 604‑904‑0447 to register.


Exploring Mark-Making & Texture with Laurel Swenson

When: Sunday July 31st, 11am-1pm

Location: Opus Downtown — 100-207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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Space is limited and registration is required.
Please contact Opus Downtown at 604‑678‑5889 to register.


Feel free to get in touch any time. If you see something you are interested in, you can come by for a studio visit or email questions.

A few of my pieces are out at some interior design firms, so if you want to see a specific piece in person, let me know and I can retrieve it. It is always nice to see a painting in person. You can also take it home to try it out in your space. No problem. Art is so very personal — it is always about finding a good match. 

— xo, Laurel