My husband and I have been Tucson residents for over 13 years. I grew up in a small beach town on Long Island, New York and it was there that I spent a lot of my time walking by the water and exploring the sand dunes. All this beauty and nature inspired me to capture the world around me in my pencil drawings and paintings.
When we moved to Tucson, I missed the ocean, but fell in love with the mountains and the Southwest architecture. Again, my paintings started reflecting my inspiring surroundings.
Today, I paint basically whatever moves me. If there is a special light on the mountains, or I see dramatic shadows formed from an adobe structure, I want to capture it in a painting. Sometimes I long for the water and the smell of the ocean so I will paint a beach scene. I like to create scenes that are tranquil, where the viewer can escape and relax. I often have an open gate or a pathway to draw the viewer into the scene. I don’t put people into my paintings because then the scene will belong to the figures and not the person enjoying my painting.
My education began studying art and design in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then majoring in painting and drawing at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. I also studied privately with a professor of fine arts from CW Post College on Long Island.
While we were raising our two children, I managed art galleries and learned custom framing. In the evenings and on the weekends I taught drawing and painting classes through the Adult Education system in our local school district. In between all these activities, I also worked on my own artwork.
Eventually, after many years, I left the business end of the art world and began to teach privately in my studio at home.
My career began with drawing the human form, and I received favorable revues from the New York Times comparing my style with those of the masters. I also became adept in pastels, watercolors, colored pencil, and later, Acrylic landscapes and beachscapes. Throughout the years I have received numerous awards for my work as well as gracing the covers of various publications.
About 20 years ago Central Galleries in Cedarhurst, New York began representing me and publishing my work. My paintings have been exhibited at Art Expo as well as other prestigious exhibits and galleries throughout the country. I have had several one-woman shows. Today I have 18 limited-edition graphics, which are available through Central Galleries. You can view my paintings by visiting www.centralgalleries.com or saddlebrookefinearts.org.
I am currently teaching all forms of drawing and painting in acrylics through the Saddlebrooke Fine Arts Guild as well as mentoring other artists.
All images © 2015 Laurie Brussel & Central Galleries