Artist Statement & Bio
The brief statement below is how I have always approached painting and drawing, but most certainly without having any words for much of my life, especially as a younger person, and feeling like a bit of a stranger (fraud?) to the disciplined studious art world because of it- a marked void of a particular formal technique or school of thought, or successful people to follow or aspire to. But this is where it authentically comes from, the best way I can describe, why I -truly- paint:
My feeling is that between the land and you, there you are, whole (whether you feel it or accept it or not): you are not quite in and you are not quite out. You’re tumbling into becoming a surprising mix of the two instead in your own funny transcendent way. Art making helps us do this better, (insert long paragraph here about our conscious and unconscious) especially when we strike the right chords, and we simply transcend and find our groundless ground. This is the terrain my paintings explore, intimately traverse, and hopefully celebrate- the surest unknown ground that connects us beyond specified locality, through it.
It’s okay if that doesn’t make sense to you. Here is a little more about me and my connection to making the art of landscape.
I have been painting the landscape since childhood growing up in rural farming New England (in a small town that borders MA and VT). Oil painting was introduced to me around age fourteen and I immediately appreciated the depth of color and fluidity of expression that it enabled.
Upon moving to Shelburne, Vermont in 2009, after a children’s nature-arts camp had lost funding from a grant, I was motivated to show my own personal landscape interpretations at the village’s Farmers Market for that summer season. It was the first time I had consistent public eyes receiving my work (outside of college critiques) and I found it an authentically supportive and empowering, loving experience.
In the time that followed I gained opportunities to make more paintings prompted by private commissions and began professionally photo-documenting my work, encouraged to share them in the form of archival “giclee” prints, in original and alternate scales.
I eventually moved my studio from Shelburne to a work /show space in Charlotte, then to an extra room in a house we acquired in Colchester in 2015 while I stumbled through the initial processes of motherhood, and painting took a back seat (or a backroom- which I sometimes locked to the hilarity of my husband at the time, but make no mistake was a dead-serious matter for me ! ).
In the year of 2019, I turned my focus back into my art-making mode much more, renting a new public-accessible studio space in downtown Winooski. That year I established relationships with other exhibition venues in the area, allowing for customers to find my work there, in addition to private studio visits. With the pandemic I turned back to parenting full time until my daughter was able to join her Kindergarten class, now in Richmond, VT where our new home is. This is where my home-studio is for the remainder of 2021, and I will be participating in the local Farmer’s Market if all goes well!
Please reach out with any questions or comments you may have about my paintings, the archival prints that come from them, or your interest in commissioning an original. Safely masked and respectfully sanitized studio visits most welcome.
In huge gratitude for your interest, warmth, and support for my creative path,
Laurel Fulton Waters