Laura Hamilton Art


MY STORY


As long as I can remember, I have always been a dreamer... I have always seen things in my own unique way. I grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan drawing, painting and creating for hours on end. I continued to have a desire for creativeness well into high school. In my early twenties, I graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts Education and went on to pursue a career in teaching. I taught elementary school for almost ten years.


I have embraced my painting and now live with a creative purpose. For myself the creative process is an experience that is spiritual ~ being in the present moment, finding the stillness within, listening to my inner voice and creating beauty. I feel most authentic when I am creating.


My figurative paintings are my own interpretations of beautiful women. These women have continued to transform as I have evolved as an artist. In the beginning these women were brave and courageous, and I believed they helped me to heal. 


My signature female characters can now be described as playful and intriguing women with vintage dresses, stripped stockings, fun floral patterns and everything in between.


Laura is a homebody and can be found enjoying the simple pleasures of life with her husband and two sons.

INSPIRATION

My inspirations come from everyday life. My paintings are interpretations of beautiful women. These women are usually in motion - whether it be dancing, riding a bike, or just day to day life on the open prairies. The woman may look different from painting to painting, but it is her soul that connects all of my work. She is graceful and free spirited. She lives a simple life and calls nature her home. She could be any age…17, 34, or 82…but it is her spirit that remains youthful.


AN ARTFUL ADVENTURE

I have been a professional artist for five years now and

in that time I have learned so much.  I cannot believe how blessed I am.  I am simply grateful and humbled.


Every time I begin a new painting, I have no idea what I am going to create.  I have ideas floating around in my head and excitement for the process.  There are those special moments where I stand back to see what I have created and am amazed at what I see.  All of the thoughts and emotions that go into each piece....from my soul, to my brush to the canvas.


painting, sharing, connecting...


LUCY IN THE YELLOW DRESS


In the fall of 2014, I transitioned from my full-time teaching career to pursuing my practice as an emerging artist. This transition was not intentional; instead, it was something of a serendipitous coincidence. Leading up to this transition, I struggled with postpartum depression.

My anxiety took over and I had a panic attack. I was forced to pause, take a leave from my job, and reflect on my life.


Looking back I now see that this day was a gift from God. It was the start of my journey to self discovery. During this break from the real world, I picked up a paintbrush and returned to my love of painting.


My first painting, Lucy in the Yellow Dress, was done at my kitchen table. As I painted, a creative energy flowed through me. It felt like a dance between myself, the water, and the paint. Something inside of me aligned and I found my authentic self.


I truly believe that we are meant for complicated journeys. Journeys of brokenness, vulnerability, and courage. I believe that you can create what your heart needs most.