Laura works in oil on canvas and board to paint big bold landscapes with wide skies. Most recently her subject has been the very local landscapes of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 'I love the way you can re-work oils, blend them. You can build them up and they're very forgiving. The smell is so distinct.'
Laura’s work features big skies and she uses colour with confidence. More recently she has been drawn to water and has painted the Thames and the Otmoor reserve, returning to a particular view in different lights and moments in time, including the starling murmuration. 'I like that winter twilight, that fleeting dramatic moment. In winter it can be dark and grim, but then before the light fades you can look out of your window, and for that fleeting moment it is utterly amazing.'
Painting from photographs is her normal mode of operation, as she says 'I don't like being on display!' but Laura recently did a live paint in the Fatface shop in Thame as part of the Thame Art Crawl, where her works adorned the shop window.
Laura studied at Camberwell College of the Arts before studying Fine Art at Loughborough, and has worked as an art teacher 'I liked being with people that want to learn and get better.'
She has sold her work online, at art fairs, and at the Obsidian Gallery in Stoke Mandeville, and we are delighted to have her exhibiting her work at Art on the Hill for the first time.
'I'm really excited to have my work on sale at AOTH. My children are at Brill School and it's great to be raising money for them. The kids are excited to have my work in school, and in the future, I'd love to do some work with the kids in the school.'
Laura finds inspiration in the sense of timelessness in creating the scenes she does in her work. Whatever else is going on, the light still changes, the seasons change, and days come to an end. It just keeps going on. The sense of beauty and quiet in the landscape are what she celebrates, and she hopes to give us a feeling of familiarity - something we've seen before, yet something we love to look at. She gets this right, and we hope you enjoy her work at the event this year.
Laura Bardell Artist | Contemporary paintings