Born and raised in Alberta, Canada on a prairie farm from a family of nine, I loved to sit for hours watching rainstorms, bright summer sunsets, and cloud formations. In my mid twenties, I moved to southern California drawn by the weather - first to southern California in San Diego, then later to northern California in Carmel-by-th-sea. I discovered Wyoming on a 2019 Road Trip - instantly fell in love and moved. Wyoming reminded me of my home in Alberta in so many ways: endless skies, bright sunrises and sunsets coupled with enormous, dramatic thunderclouds. My favorite part of the mornings is taking long nature walks, where I snap endless photos of color combinations of plants, animals, and the sky - this is where a lot of my artistic inspiration comes from. To get rich techniques in my paintings, I use a "broken brush" which is a beat-up brush that probably should be thrown away but instead gives the greatest effects to my work. Other favorite tools are spatulas, boards, squeegees, and palette knives which generate different effects. Lately, I have started using just my fingers or palm of my hand. My large pieces are bold and impressionistic.
My art career didn't get strted until 2009 when I actually had time to do something other than work. My first art trip was with an art group to the south of France, which was life-changing After returning, I spent every available opportunity improving my art whenever time permitted. My work focused in acrylic and oil mediums, primarily landscapes and contemporary themes.
My new home builders approached me to paint their communities - making my art pieces into coasters, prints and other itmes for closing buyer gift baskets. I also painted vineyards, wine tasting barns, and hotels for the wine country - transposing art to wine labels, coasters, and trivets sold in wine tasting rooms. My greatest hit were weekend art shows held in vacant listings to attract open house visitors for "Art, Wine, and Real Estate" when I lived in San Diego, California. It was very different real estate marketing but it worked extremely well. Now living full-time in Sheridan, Wyoming I am back doing both real estate and you can check our my artist site at LaureenWeaverArtist.com and real estate at LiveSheridanWyoming.com.