Laura Marshall is a versatile and creative artist.
Although you may know Laura for her photography, she is also an accomplished and amazing painter and artist creating beautiful collections of art for the wall and for licensing. Her youthful outlook on the world and infectious personality make her a joy to work with and it comes across in her work.
Q. What do you love to paint or photograph the most?
I’m relatively new to painting but so far tiles have been my favorite thing to paint. There’s something about the precise line-work and geometric shapes that is very soothing and comfortable. For photography, I love anything that takes me on an adventure. Lately that has included a lot of hiking and traveling in the west coast of the U.S. The rugged mountains, wild coastline and lush forest have inspired some of my favorite shots.
Q. If you could go back in time, what era would you like to be a painter in?
I studied art history in college and I especially loved the Baroque period – the exaggeration, tension, and drama in paintings during that time period has always stuck with me and it’s something I strive to achieve in my own artwork. But if I actually had to chose a time to create art, it would have to be the early 1900’s. Ansel Adam’s photographs of the national parks have always been a huge inspiration to me stylistically and subject-wise, so to be able to be alive when the parks were founded and just beginning to be explored would be amazing.
Q. Where do you find your inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration in nature. If I ever get stuck in an artistic rut a simple walk in the woods does wonders for me. Even just the sounds of nature – birds chirping, wind blowing, rain on the roof – can spark my imagination.
Q. What advice would you give to a younger you about having a career in art?
Be yourself, trust your instincts, have patience, and keep doing what you love.
Q. What’s one quick photographic tip or technique you can share?
The more ridiculous you look while taking a photo, the better that photo will probably be.