Lara von Waldenburg
Painting has been my passion and profession since graduating from Parsons School of Design, N.Y.C in 1990. Throughout my life I have resided, painted and been inspired by various settings; from the rugged shores of Newfoundland to the north eastern states of Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia to the south western desert of Arizona and up to the pacific North West of Idaho and Vancouver. My work has always been heavily influenced by familial connections from my direct European descent and my experience in France spending long summers with my maternal grandmother and large family in Paris and French Alps with current frequent visits as well.
I approach colors and form without much restraint. Often starting with eyes closed I draw a spontaneous and intuitive foundation of lines from which I determine the image. Once the image and vision is found I approach the work with a give and take approach. Knowing there is always a playful nature in painting that requires simultaneous listening and speaking. I tend to approach the work with energy that allows the work to come out, pull back, fall to the side and come back around. At the same time, a concentrated quiet is necessary to fine tune the many subtleties existing within this color and movement. Determining the subtleties as with everything in life, takes a sensitivity and an insightful eye to pass under the surface and arrive at the truth. The truth is where the story lives and it has always been important for my art to tell a story.
In regards to the textured work the approach is much the same only now I am working from a textured paper. The textures are what determine the image instead of the colors and lines. Once I have discovered the image I then have the task of carving and shaping with monochromatic paint. Giving voice to what speaks out. It is a process that has less spontaneity but still requires a great deal of give and take. An approach I am already well accustomed to that I believe serves the work well. I am currently continuing to play with the use of narratives and therefore incorporating words as part of the complete picture. This has always been something I enjoy very much and look forward to expanding the work.
My paintings have been exhibited over the years in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York City, Port Moody, Beijing, Harrison Hot Springs. and Chilliwack Some of my Paintings have traveled to and/or sold in France, China, U.S.A and Canada.
Art work has been featured in ArtisSpectrum art magazine May 2011 and on the book cover of 'The Garden Party' by Katherine Mansfield, Published in Korea 2010 and in the 2005/2006 published edition of New Art International (Book Art Press) - collection of selected artists.
Currently I am continuing to explore my artistic visions in my art studio and home of Chilliwack, B.C. I co-own Inner Vision Yoga and teach yoga which is an equal passion and love. Continuing as well, along with my husband, to bring our dreams to fruition alongside our adult children who are stepping into their own creative and productive endeavors.