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 and numerous visits to France in Paris and the Alps. My work has also always been heavily influenced by familial connections from my direct European descent.
I have been fortunate, as an artist, to approach colors and inspirations without much restraint. Often starting with a spontaneous and impulsive foundation of color and line from which I determine the image. Once the movement 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 excitement 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 often requires a devoted observation. As with everything in life, it takes a sensitive ear 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 most recent style of 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 also playing with the use of narratives and therefore incorporating words as part of the complete picture. I look forward to and am excited to explore and experiment in this new style.
My paintings have been exhibited over the years in Chilliwack, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York City, Port Moody, Beijing, and Harrison Hot Springs. 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 respond to inspiration and explore my artistic visions in my art studio and home of Chilliwack, B.C. continuing as well, along with my husband, to raise our two children and bring our dreams to fruition.