August 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Laura was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. She has been creating art since she was a young girl, and has been selling works privately for many years, but it wasn’t until recently that she started to truly consider herself an artist.

After high school, Laura attended Sheridan College’s (Oakville,ON) “Technical Theatre Arts” diploma program where she specialized in scenic painting, carpentry, and prop construction.

Since graduation in 2003, she has honed her artistic skills through years of practice and informal education. Laura has experimented with a large variety of mediums such as stained glass, pencil drawing and watercolor, but focuses most of her time on a love of acrylic abstract painting and polymer clay with which she makes strange and whimsical creatures.

Despite her full time career as an analyst in the software development industry, Laura makes time to work on artistic projects every day. It is truly when she is most at peace and it’s a critical part of her selfcare.

Artist Statement:
OCD, ADHD, GAD – are just a few of the acronyms for mental health issues that have, throughout my life and to this very day made my life challenging. In 2017, I started my journey toward better mental health. With the help of a slew of amazing medical professionals and my closest family and friends, I navigated a complete overhaul of my mind. Through this process of taking myself apart and putting me back together, I found my art to be one of the easiest selfcare practices to do regularly and so I did exactly that, practiced; regularly.
Now, looking back over this 2 years, I can see from my improved state of mind that not only is art a critical piece of my continued selfcare routine, but it also serves as a beautiful metric for the improvement of my coping and processing skills. As my health improved, so did my art. I have gained a new patience, new creativity, and new habits all of which have allowed me to reach new goals and take on steeper challenges in both art and life. And that is what this body of work is. It is a cross section of my work from after the renovation, after healing my mind. It is my proof that making these changes in myself was not a path to losing who i am and not a path to magically fixing everything, but instead a path to a happier, better balanced, even more artistic me.