I paint in an attempt to express emotions that are beyond my words. My subjects are most often the human form or natural objects that suggest this. Interpretation begins with an emotional reaction to the subject. My work is equally affected by the time I spend in nature: gardening, running and hiking- and exploring art as a Portland Art Museum docent.
My work is equal parts creation and destruction. I build the surface with layers of washes, paper or rejected paintings. I work with acrylics and modify with pastels, pencils, and collage, usually on canvas. I scrub, sand, and paint layer upon layer, letting the painting evolve in the most organic way possible. I am happiest painting with my hands. The painting is done when I feel I have nothing more to say. In my work, I attempt to connect with others who are also struggling to live in a world that is beyond our comprehension.
Laura is participating in the Art Challenge and Artist Booths at the 2015 Fall Festival Of The Arts.
Laura Koppes Art Challenge Entry
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