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About Laurel

Laurel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015.  She currently lives and works in a little house by the woods in Knoxville, Tennessee, usually alongside a German Shepherd.


My drawings and paintings are about inner and outer spaces. I'm drawn to the savageries and subtleties of natural world, and return again and again to the theme of human resonance with wild spaces.

I love creating narratives. I find them in the landscape around me, in music that moves me, in language, and in the suggestive power of visual storytelling. Lately I’m compelled to pick details out of my memories—a cat in the grass, a tub full of crayfish, a certain jar of tomato sauce—and make them real again by inventing new and urgent contexts for them.

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