I've always been an artist. I painted goose eggs and took them door to door at Easter when I was seven. I wanted to buy fabric to sew my own clothes and figured this way I could make what I wanted. I agreed to teach pottery to my fellow students if my high school art teacher would allow me to acquire a wheel, kiln and clay as I was bored with drawing and calligraphy (her favorite). The football team and myself became art friends. Even now as I am painting , or working on mixed media sculpture I will continue to seek out other materials just to keep the exploration part of creativity alive and healthy.
I moved with my disabled adult son to New Mexico in 2015 after his father passed away in Maine and I knew I would have a hard time going solo in the Maine winters. Both places are solitary and beautiful and full of artists and great thinkers. I am finding my way with gallery space changes , teaching at the studio but now acquiring the skills to share myself virtually as well. It would be rewarding to think that now I can relax a bit and just create art that is both meaningful and pays the bills..but our new reality is such that more than ever artists must be proactive in promoting work, teaching, sharing, making videos..etc. It’s an endless job..even more so for a single woman with a son who still needs home care.
My work is either abstract or narrative with a fondness still for folk art and storytelling. The desert has gifted me many tales to tell.
Happy Trails..Laura BaLoMbiNi