Laura Craig
Fredericksburg, Virginia


As an artist, my aim is to capture and elevate the everyday and familiar to the painterly and picturesque. My paintings, in general, are snapshots of life: quaint vignettes or narrative portraits in which I attempt to harmonize the calming with the energizing, the quiet with the vibrant, complexity with simplicity. There is often an undercurrent of nostalgia and optimism to my work. 


A native of Virginia, I grew up on the rural Eastern Shore but have called Fredericksburg home for the past eleven years. Aside from some training in drawing and watercolor in my childhood, I am entirely self-taught, but I take cues and inspiration from other artists and from my surroundings all the time, and consider painting an ongoing and ever-evolving education. I work primarily in oils, acrylics and watercolor, and my style falls somewhere on the spectrum between realism and impressionism.


For inspiration, I turn to the work of the realists, impressionists and post-impressionists, in particular: Sargent, Zorn, Cassatt, Turner, Renoir, Matisse, Klimt and Vermeer. And that is to say nothing of the innumerable modern, contemporary and local artists whom I admire just as ardently. 


In choosing subjects for my own work, I always begin with the light. It is one of the most meaningful and important elements that I set out to capture. I also gravitate toward an unexpected composition, an interesting texture, seductive color, and candid scenes that exude innocence or happiness.


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