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Laura Nelson lives and works in Fernie BC where lifestyle, community, and landscape create a powerful sense of place and provide endless inspiration for this visual artist. Her paintings celebrate the colour, rhythm, and energy of iconic Canadian landscapes and reveal the intensity of her bond to these natural places. Her artistic journey began at an early age with pencil and pastel and has been focused on a self directed study and practice of painting since 2004. Private and corporate collections of her work can be found around the world.
"The power of place to conjure memories, feelings of connection and that humbling sense of belonging to something much bigger than ourselves, interests me. Through my work, I hope to draw attention to the beauty and significance of our wild places and build connections to them. I look for patterns in shapes and shadows that weave a scene together and infuse them into my paintings to recreate the flow of energy and magic I see in the landscape. There's a sense of sculpting with my brush as I play intuitively with colour, abstract shapes and texture to create the illusion of 3 dimensions on the flat surface of my canvas. The end result is always a surprise.”