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Bio

Laura's enthusiasm for pop culture inspires her to experiment with all kinds of mediums to make stylized illustrations of her favorite characters and musicians. She received her BFA at Manhattanville College in painting and drawing and her MFA at Long Island University in portraiture and figure drawing. Laura is an adjunct professor at Long Island University Post and Suffolk County Community College where she teaches Introduction to Drawing and Foundations 2D Design. She is also the Art Program Coordinator at Great Neck Library. She exhibits her artwork at comic conventions and has shown work in galleries in New York City, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Japan, and South Korea. 

Artist Statement

I refer to my art work as contemporary illustration. This new art movement reflects current trends in popular culture through visual representation. I strive to explore mediums to make striking portraits, manipulating design elements and playing with color interactions. I specialize in drawing pop culture figures echoing the tradition of artists making work inspired by literature and mythology. Influenced by Japanese anime and manga and American comics, my work is detailed and stylized. My background in figure drawing naturalizes the subjects. There is something magical about being able to capture someone’s likeness. Trying to find all the colors in a face is like a puzzle. The interplay of cool and warm tones is completely unique each time and seeking those subtle nuances continues to captivate me. 

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