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 and a MFA at Long Island University. She is an adjunct art professor at LIU Post and Suffolk County Community College and also the art program coordinator at Great Neck Library. Her artwork has been shown in galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Japan, and South Korea. She regularly exhibits at pop culture conventions in the Northeast.

Artist Statement

 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. For the past two years I have attended Jeffrey K Fisher Drawing Studio in Smithtown, Long Island, which is where most of my figure drawings were completed. We are encouraged to experiment with various materials to capture the likeness of the model. These studies were drawn with sumi-e ink, white ink and mixed media on paper. The ink allows for a spontaneity and energy that works in harmony with the natural movement of the subject. 

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