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My friends and co workers watch me put myself into all of my wildlife Paintings. I will hear things from clients like, “Do you sell anything? Do you do shows? Your paintings are so beautiful you should do it for a living.” I’ve always wished there was someone out there that would be my representative and get my paintings out to you the viewer. Well I’m sure you know that as it turns out I am that someone with help from my talented graphic designer son, Daniel.
Each of my paintings are unique. You won’t see anything like it from anyone else. I get a picture of an animal in my mind and I keep seeing it until I get it on canvas.
Check out my Blog page for insights into my latest paintings and other events in my life.
Feel free to Contact me. - Laura
Listed on the International Registry of Art and Artwork (IRRA)
Huntington Beach Associates Gallery
Best in Show and people’s choice award for “Morning Bath”.
Third Place in oil for “Colobus Monkey”.
North Light Artist Magazine
Won Honorable Mention for “The Guardian”.
Art Calander Magazine
Won Honorable Mention for “The Guardian”.
“The Guardian” Appeared in Wildlife Art Magazine.
Women Artists of the West in Biloxi
National Art Exhibition and Sale by the Northern Colorado Artist Association
National Show of the National Society of Artists
Women Artist of the West Membership Show in Taos
Orange County Fair Juried Art Show.
Active membership in:
National Wildlife Association
World Wildlife Association
The Humane Society
The National Humane Education Society
I donate part of all sales and royalties to the Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary a non-profit sanctuary for abandoned and abused wild animals, located in California.
Wildlife Artist Laura Curtin
14341 Beach Blvd. Suite R
Westminster CA 92683
My name is Laura Curtin and I am a wildlife artist from Southern California. Working predominately in oils I create paintings to make people smile. Every painting is a place I would like to be. Although the habitat is true to the subject the animals place in the painting is from my imagination.
I paint because I can and I love it. I started painting because I knew I could. I feel a rush of adrenaline when my work is going well and unsure I can keep it up. I love being able to disappear into my work. I can't believe I can paint sometimes. I am primarily self taught when it comes to painting animals. I do belong to a teaching art gallery in Huntington Beach Ca where my artist friends help me by critiquing my work and offering their solutions to dilemmas I face with color and space.
My favorite tool is my Chinese hair brush because it works so well when I paint fur. I love oil paint, it's smooth and colorful and smells good. If I don’t like the way something looks I can paint over it. I love being surprised by my success. I know it turned out well when I look at and I don't want to fix something. I tend to paint families and intricate backgrounds. I took everything I was taught in workshops and seminars, kept what worked for me and then tightened up (more detailed) my style. My favorite color is Thalo green and ultramarine blue with a dash of white. I love the way it glows in a sky, I love the way it reminds me of an island, it's a happy color. It looks like turquoise.
I begin a piece by designing it in my head before I put it on canvas. I find reference materials to fit the image I have in my mind. My paintings rarely come out like I originally picture them. They always seem to change direction. I know a piece is done when I am driving myself crazy with the smallest details. I have to stop and say this is done. Leave it alone, no more shadows and highlights on little bits of gravel. When my work is going well I am filled with a sense of wonder and thankfulness that I was given a gift.
I am actively pursuing an art career. I want the world see all the wonderful places I create on canvas.