Laura Loe Oil Paintings

I am a Shreveport, Louisiana, native living and working in Richmond, Virginia.  I have been in Richmond since 1991 and have been a professional oil painter since 1996. Life as a working artist has been shared with my husband, Will, and my three children. It makes for a busy life to have so many things I care about and want to devote time towards but isn't everyone super busy?  A decade teaching oil painting at the Virginia Museum Studio School and running the Nimrod Hall Artist Program boosted my love of Richmonders and Virginians in general, and really has helped define my career as a working artist.  I feel pretty lucky.  For more history of how this Open Studio came unto being see Open Studio History

I am a self described, exaggerated colorist, who paints both representationally and abstractly. I think what has happened over the past 30 years of painting is that my own personal approach in my paintings focused on color and paint handling, process and light. I also freely admit I am not sure why or how that happened.  I have learned to accept that the style any given artist, is a little mysterious with a lot of faith being put toward just accepting what you are given and not try to paint a way that feels anything less than comfortable to you.  I never set out to paint this particular way, I just do. I spent years wondering why I paint the way I do but crossed a line at some point in the past 5 years or so to where I have embraced it. more and questioned it less. Because, why not? I am the only one who can do that for my work. For non artists I would compare it to getting old enough to simply accept you aren't getting any taller in this life, instead of looking in the mirror and wondering why you are so short. In other words: it is what it is. 

The only regret with an only online show is much of what makes oil paintings so unique and amazing is the actual way the painting LOOKS on the surface. Paint pulls across the canvas or panel for the surface to become as much a player int he piece as the color or subject matter.  With my work, if you like the image without seeing the actual piece you will find the real piece to be much more lush and the paint surface itself making the painting feel even more cohesive. 

For a look at my resume of shows, awards, and that kind of thing please see:

Resume

For info about Nimrod Hall Artists see (registration will begin in January!) :

Nimrod Hall