Laurie and I meet about two years ago in a artist-co-op. Again I wish I would have ask her how she works. To me, Laurie's paintings are well thought out- rehearsed, by the time we see them on the canvas they are complete and we never see the struggle of creating the painting. Every mark, ever color has a reason for being there. And there are no opps moments, no strife's or battle scars left for us to see. They are beautiful and interesting. I especially enjoy her landscapes. Please visit her web site @ www.LaurieGMiller.com
What are the major themes you pursue in your work?I paint a fair amount of food subjects: donuts, Hershey kisses, pickles, etc. For me, it is more about the way the light hits something and creates interesting shadows and reflections. So, things that are shiny, e.g. a Hershey Kiss wrapper, are especially fun.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Paint what excites you. Your enthusiasm will show through in your work if you are inspired by your subject.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? What music?In my studio, for the most part, I paint in silence. The best painting experience is outside with birds chirping in the background!
How would you describe your studio , messy not being able to find things readily or the Martha Stewart of Studio's?
My studio is fairly neat but there is plenty of room for improvement! The clutter builds up quickly!
If you could pick any pieces of art to live with what would they be?Anything by John Singer Sargent. One favorite is “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit” since he chose such an unusual composition and it is such a complex painting. I also admire work by Georgia O’Keeffe. I particularly like her “Sky Above Clouds” series. These paintings are polar opposites to Sargent’s work so I definitely admire a wide range of painting styles.
Who are your favorite writers? I don’t have a particular favorite although I really enjoyed several books written by Jonathan Tropper. My favorite books are biographies and autobiographies as I find life stories so interesting as to what circumstances and events shape people’s lives.