About the Artist:
My friends and co workers watch me put myself into all of my wildlife Paintings. I will hear things from clients like, â€œDo you sell anything? Do you do shows? Your paintings are so beautiful you should do it for a living.â€ Iâ€™ve always wished there was someone out there that would be my representative and get my paintings out to you the viewer. Well Iâ€™m sure you know that as it turns out I am that someone with help from my talented graphic designer son, Daniel.
We have added photos of flowers and other places and things. I love Photography and enjoy sharing these with you. Sometimes I see the flowers in the sun or early morning, maybe when the sun is going down and their beauty is so exquisite I have to grab my camera and take pictures. My husband Kevin is very nice and only complains a little when he updates all my devices with the flower files. I think Iâ€™ve taken 1200 flower photos now and I really donâ€™t see myself stopping anytime soon. Check them out. I am sure you will find a unique picture that is just what you are looking for.
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 donâ€™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.