Laura Nelson lives and works in Fernie BC where lifestyle, community, and landscape create a powerful sense of place and provide endless inspiration for this visual artist. Her paintings celebrate the colour, rhythm, and energy of iconic Canadian landscapes and reveal the intensity of her bond to these natural places. Starting at an early age with pencil and pastels, her artistic journey has been focused on a self directed study and practice of painting since 2004. Private and corporate collections of her work can be found across the globe.
"The power of place to conjure memories, feelings of connection and that humbling sense of belonging to something much bigger than ourselves, interests me. Through my work, I hope to draw attention to the beauty and significance of our wild places and build connections to them. I look for patterns in shapes and shadows that weave a scene together and infuse them into my paintings to recreate the flow of energy and magic I see in the landscape. There's a sense of sculpting with my brush as I play intuitively with colour, abstract shapes and texture to create the illusion of 3 dimensions on the flat surface of my canvas. The end result is always a surprise."
Her work can be found at Polar Peek Books & Treasures in Fernie and Art on 9th 1211-9th Ave. SE Calgary, Alberta