An artist since childhood, I began taking art classes in a backyard studio when I was eight years old. Starting with pencil, I learned all major media, including watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, acrylic and oil. After moving to Massachusetts at 12 years old, I continued to pursue my passion through classes at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, eventually leading to majoring in English and Art History at Wake Forest University and studying art and architecture in Paris for a summer.
I like to tell stories, using animals, nostalgic objects and nature to evoke other worlds that are magical and to impart the joyful, reflective and transcendent moments in life. I paint with watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper, and use plastic wrap, cheesecloth and other materials to create interesting background textures for my whimsical illustrations.
In 2017 I designed two wall coverings for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama and created a collaborative art piece for Children’s of Alabama hospital. In 2018, I produced two collaborative wall coverings for UAB’s Center for Psychiatric Medicine. I also illustrate for Birmingham Magazine and Joy to Life Magazine. My Alabama Map prints are sold at the Alabama Bicentennial online store and the Alabama Department of Archives and History Museum Store in Montgomery. I’ve exhibited at Artwalk for the past two years, and my work was selected for awards consideration in 2018.
You may view my portfolio at lauralevie.com.