A South African still life and landscape artist, Laurel’s work is drawn from a strong attachment to the land, its sense of place and the life it supports. Her interest in the indigenous flora of this country comes from generations of farming, plant propagation and love for the beauty these natural forms offer.
“I find myself on isolated beaches, hiding out of the wind, watching the mist roll in over the stones that were in turn rolled by a powerful sea to the places they now find themselves. In that time of being still, one begins to observe things previously unnoticed and to feel the place.”
Recently she has enjoyed mixing charcoal with other media on paper and canvas.
The concepts of positive and negative space are slightly more complex than simply the foreground and background of a picture, just as life is more complex. A deliberately limited palette is used so as not to distract from the form and pattern of the subject matter.
Charcoal, a most seductive medium, is mainly what Laurel uses for drawing.