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 also enjoy celebrating the fun and interesting aspects of my home city and state. 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 2019 I also created a series of illustrations for the It’s a Southern Thing book: Southernisms for Any Occasion. They Draw and Travel, the internet’s largest collection of illustrated travel maps, published several of my map illustrations in three of their compendium books. I’ve designed wall coverings for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama and UAB’s Center for Psychiatric Medicine, and created a collaborative art piece for Children’s of Alabama hospital. My Alabama Map prints were sold at the Alabama Bicentennial online store and the Alabama Department of Archives and History Museum Store in Montgomery as part of the 2019 state bicentennial celebration.
I exhibited at Artwalk in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and my work has been selected for awards consideration.
You may view my portfolio at lauralevie.com.