My primary interest in creating is to work with shape and colour. I constantly strive to push linocut or Japanese watercolour woodblock processes in new directions, always manipulating the techniques to suit the images I intend to create rather than fitting my ideas into the demands of the print process. I am not particularly interested in producing an accurate reproduction of a specific site. I prefer to try and evoke a sense of place that is less about geography and more about mood. ‘Walk the Walk’ is my second show with Birch Tree Gallery. It is a journey of sorts; from coastal cliffs to inland mountains, winter snows to high summer. The show celebrates my delight in the wild Scottish landscape and invites the viewer to walk the walk with me.
Laura has a degree in Art History/Visual Art from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has recently been elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She undertook three residencies to train in Japan, studying woodblock printmaking with master craftsmen, and her work often looks to Japan in its use of white space and minimal approach. Laura shares the Japanese appreciation of rigorous training; her work often displays impulsive line and brushwork, requiring meticulous cutting and printing to give the impression of fluid spontaneity. In addition to her printmaking, Laura teaches, writes a column for Artists and Illustrators Magazine and works on the occasional public art project.