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• Commission a painting by Laura H Elliott from the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’

Commissions Are Always Welcomed

I am always delighted to create commissions, as I see each piece as a collaboration, which creates a personalised and truly unique final painting.

How do I place a commission order?

I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My gallery link is below: https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-h-elliott

Their team can coordinate with you and we can begin the commission process:

Please contact Isobel Beauchamp (Director of Degree Art) on Isobel@DegreeArt.com or call one of their Art Advisors on 020 8980 0395.

Tell her my name, Laura H Elliott and the artwork that inspires you. The Degree Art team can then explore ideas such as: size, any of my art you love, colour scheme of your home or project and then the commission process starts.

What can I expect?

All my artworks are available for commission with Degree Art Gallery, who represent my work as a professional artist and have extensive experience.

I have been selling my work since 2006 and every artwork is of the highest standard. I have never had a return and every artwork is painted on a high quality canvases by either Loxley or Winsor Newton.

Every artwork is hand signed with my initials LHE, as below:

Inspiration from the collection, so far:

Shown below is a slide show for inspiration from my portfolio of paintings in the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’:

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Are there different paint effects?

Yes, every painting contains a unique combination of effects, with each effect adding a dimension to the final painting. Should you like any effects, they can be added to your commission:

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Feedback From Commission:

Type: Painting Commission

Location: New York, USA

“I recently purchased a beautiful piece of art from Laura Elliott. Not only was the piece exactly what I wanted, but Laura handled the whole transaction very flawlessly. I was looking around for something colourful and luckily stumbled upon this website. I saw something I loved but when inquired about purchasing it, Laura told me it was already sold. That certainly didn’t stop the search and Laura quickly responded saying she could paint one like that if I was interested and I could even choose the colours.

The next few interactions with Laura involved choosing colours and getting a proof of the painting before I had to commit. Paying was very simple through Pay Pal and we managed to come to a financial arrangement that fitted my budget. The painting was couriered as soon as my payment had gone through and it arrived within a few days. The whole transaction was dealt with very professionally and was very simple. Laura is an enthusiastic and energetic artist who has a passion for what she does. I could feel this through the friendly and personal e-mails we exchanged while she was painting my special piece.

Thank you Laura.”


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I am represented by a highly experienced gallery, called Degree Art, London, UK

My artwork gallery link is below:

https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-elliott

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• Artist Inspiration: What Is Abstract Art? From Pollock to Kandinsky to Mondrian to Rothko

The theories behind abstract art

There are many theoretical ideas behind abstract art. Art for art’s sake – that art should be purely about the creation of beautiful effects, is one of the main theories. That art can or should be like music is another theory – in that just as music is patterns of sound, art’s effects should be created by pure patterns of form, colour and line. The idea, derived from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, that the highest form of beauty lies not in the forms of the real world but in geometry, is also used in discussion of abstract art as is the idea that abstract art, to the extent that it does not represent the material world, can be seen to represent the spiritual.

In general abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be seen to stand for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality.

How is abstract art defined in the English dictionary?


Abstract (adjective)

  • Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.
  • Relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.

Or… how about this definition?:

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What do you feel abstract art offers your collectors?

My answer in one word is … freedom

Abstract art offers your imagination to interpret what you see. I have always said that abstract art is like a psychiatrists ink blot question:

What do you see in this ink blot?

The answer is not defined and it personalises each artwork to each collector or viewer.

What of your work fits into the definition of ‘abstract art’?

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Where can we buy your abstract artworks?

I am represented by Degree Art Gallery, London and have my artworks for sale online:

https://www.degreeart.com/artists/laura-elliott

My personal top 10 abstract artists past and present?

Where do you start with such a question? I have focused on a selection who have always inspired and fascinated me. The picture below was taken of one group of the abstract expressionists, notably only featuring one woman:

Here are my personal top 10 artist, picks spanning 1872 to present day:

1) Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944):

Though Vasily Kandinsky pursued figurative art before 1913, he was among the first (if not the questionable first) painters to push into pure abstraction—or as he put it, “art independent of one’s observations of the external world.”

2) Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935):

Following just a few years after Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich renounced representational painting in 1915, and created the first of his Supremacist compositions (so named for their focus on “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts”).

3) Jackson Pollock (1912–1956):

The face of Abstract Expressionism and America’s first major postwar artist (and still one of its greatest), Pollock burst onto the scene in the late 1940s and early 1950s with his signature drip paintings. They were created in an incandescent burst of creativity over a three years period between 1947 and 1950 at his Springs, New York studio in the Hamptons.

4) Pablo Picasso (1881-1973):

Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation.

5) Piet Mondrian (1872–1944):

Along with Picasso, Mondrian is synonymous with Modern Art, and the mere mention of his name immediately conjures one of his iconic geometric compositions of primary-colored squares contained by bold, black perpendicular lines.

6) Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer (1945) is an internationally acclaimed German painter, photographer, sculptor and installation artist:

7) Willem de Kooning:

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was a Dutch American contemporary master and the leading artist of abstract expressionism, also known as action painting. He was the prominent member of the group of artists known as the New York School.

8) Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970):

Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rotkovich, was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist.

9)  J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851):

I think this could be seen to be an unusual choice. While Wassily Kandinsky is often regarded as the pioneer of European abstract art – Kandinsky claimed, erroneously as it turns out, that he produced the first abstract painting in 1911: ‘back then not one single painter was painting in an abstract style’ – it can be argued that the roots of this movement are to be found deeper still (and if recent news is to be believed, the Neanderthals where ahead of the game in their cutting of abstract lines into stone). If we look at some of the later works of J.M.W. Turner for example, it is no great leap to suggest that his landscapes are in fact abstract; what might be traditionally recognisable forms in the hands of another painter are consumed by sublime elements, overwhelming evocations of light and scale which Turner used to such great effect. It makes for a compelling, if not definitive argument.

10) Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954):

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

So, back to you…

what are your top 10 Abstract artists of all time?


Sources:

  1. http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/a/abstract-art
  2. Wikipedia



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• Art = Solice = Disability = Art = Freedom

Disability is unique to everyone. This is no more so than with me.

Above: ‘Scorched Landscape’

I have always been hesitant to speak about my disability, the reasons for this is complex and hard to explain. I hope to start a dialogue in this blog and to open this part of my life to move forward.

I do not want my disability to be my sole-focus or my complete identity in life, but it is such a large part of my life, it has significantly impacted my art. 

My wish to share this part of my life, as it adds a new dimension of understanding in my work as an artist.

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in all of my work, including the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002. I have created work from my heart from the age of 17, which has presented my life in my art, in every medium I have explored and studied.

My emotions are the are a pivotal catalyst which drives my work.

Above: ‘Landscape Tones II’

An organisation called ‘Disability Arts International’ (coordinated by the British Council) has made me stop and think…

…why not speak about this?!?!

About ‘Disability Arts International’:

“‘Disability Arts International’ aims to promote the work of the exciting generation of excellent disabled artists, disabled-led companies and inclusive arts organisations. It also aims to share the ways arts organisations are increasing access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and visitors.”

Find out more at:

http://www.disabilityartsinternational.org/about-us/

This organisation work to open doors, create opportunities for disabled artists and educate or inform galleries, organisations and studios. I truly feel it will add a new dimension of understanding my work as an artist.

A Bit About Me:

I was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in 2009, but this degenerative, destructive, auto-immune disease has been with me since my teenage years. The constant pain, lack of mobility, irritating medications and challenges it gives me are intensely frustrating. Though I have other health conditions, it is the RA that deeply affects every part of my life.

Saying this, it is what you do with pain that matters. My late father said “I do as much as I can, when I can” and it is a saying I try to lead my life by. It also makes for interesting art, which allows me a way to vent good and bad into each piece in painting and clay.

Above: ‘Purple Punk’d Velvet’ on exhibition

Every aspect of my disability changes my art journey: the way you feel emotionally, how your disability transforms your life, how you are forced to adapt your every day life, how the struggle means you cannot create freely….

As I said, disability is a subject in my life and is close to my heart

I have struggled for decades with health issues. I do not speak of it often, but why not?

I will be addressing this part of my life in an interview with a difference… called the “The Heroine’s Journey”

I am definitely no heroine, but my life has been quite a complex roller-coaster-ride and definitely fits the word of a journey.

Above: Me aged 18 at my ‘A Level Art and Design’ final exhibition

I did not realise the fine nuances of disability, until my RA flared up and has stayed active since 2008, but it is not filled with just negatives and there are many positives I try to focus on.

This is a subject close to my heart, as I have struggled for decades with physical and mental health issues. I do not speak of it often in a public forum; however, my wish to share this part of my life adds a new dimension of understanding in my work as an artist.

Above: ‘Pink Punk’d Panther’

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in my ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002. The effects of my health added depth, meaning and passion to my work and is like an endless pile of ideas.

The artwork above was created in 1995, listening to the soundtrack of the film ‘Natural Born Killers’

I have created work (as shown above) from my heart from the age of 17, which has embodied my life within my art, in every medium I have explored and studied. It is since I was a teenager that music was a driving force in my work, by pulling out emotions from the melody and meaning.

Above: ‘Torn’ – Sold

The art I have created since 2002 is a series of mixed media paintings, called the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’, in which my emotions play a pivotal role for each painting. Despite the fact I have drawn on my feelings since I was a teenager, it is my daily experiences that drive this body of work. This series of mixed media paintings first created in 2002, called the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’.

Why did you put the word ‘Moods’ this collection the title of ‘Landscape Moods’?

The title of this collection took me some time to consider, debate and decide upon. The title needed to be self-explanatory, clear and short. I never wanted the title to be an essay, just two words and I chose the two words that epitomises my mixed media painting collection:

‘landscape’ & ‘moods’

The title can be broken down into two concepts. The first was the subject matter, which is ‘landscapes’, and the second is the motivation or inspiration of my work, which is the word ‘moods’. My work is filled with complex meanings; however, I wanted to express who I am, my core personality or an emotion that I was battling with or celebrating.

The painting below is titled ‘Angry Skies’ and it was painted “en plein air” or outside, under cover during a hail storm, here in the UK. The rain and hail symbolised that time of my life in 2007 and these feeling poured into the painting below. 

Above: ‘Angry Skies’ (2007) Sold with London Art

My art has always been an open representation of my inner self and it has reflected into the choice of colour, style and subject matter in my ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002.

I drew the artwork during my ‘Art and Media BA (Hons)’ 1st year which I titled ‘Facets of Self’. It was a drawing from a series which where to explore 3 words:

  1. Self Portrait
  2. Facets of Self
  3. History

I created the drawing below during my Art and Media BA (Hons), which broke down my facets of self or pieces of who I am into 3, which can be seen as positive or negative:

Focus, laughter and emotion

Above: ‘Facets of Self’


Read more About Me In Artists Interview

Laura H Elliott BA (Hons)


March 2016

The Palette Pages Laura H Elliott Artist Interview by Lisa Gray

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Laura Elliott Artist Interview ~ The Palette Pages

Laura Elliott Artist Interview

The Palette Pages by Lisa Gray ~ Flux Exhibition


February 2016:

Iris Art Magazine ‘Signature Style’ written by Kahlid Rhaman

“Laura’s Artist Journey is Like a Rollercoaster Ride”

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Laura Elliott Artist Interview with Iris Art Magazine: ‘Laura Elliott’s art journey is a roller coaster ride’



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• Out With The Old, In With The New

Out With The Old, In With The New

Over time, every artist has stock and it can be frustrating that paintings can sit and take up valuable space. We all know artists always have alot of canvases, clay, tools, brushes and I count myself as one of them!

I was reviewing my work, from past and present and found stored canvases. I decided to take the following saying literally:

“Out With the Old, In with the new”

Masters, past and present, have often be known to roll their paintings for them to be stored and then later framed or re-mounted onto canvas stretchers.

I have done exactly that. Clear out the old and welcome in my new work. I have stacked up each painting (as below) and they have been rolled for storage and possible later to be exhibited, framed and/or sold.

Once the canvas has been un-mounted or freed from, you are left with lots of staples and the stretcher bars.

The frame of the canvas are created mainly from wood and are nearly the same design that has been used for decades. Even Van Gough used such stretcher bars. Here are examples of what joined stretcher bars look like up-close:

Once the bars have been carefully seperated, taking care to not damage the joints, they can then be bundled together for storage.

Above: Stretcher Bars Bundled From Pre-Stretched Old Canvases

This means I have beautiful wooden frames to use for new paintings. They can have any manner of canvas or material streched on them. You can buy raw canvas which are undyed and hold a special pattern within the weave. I have personally sourced the following. You can also dye the canvas for you to achieve the colour.

I am aiming to dye the raw natural linen material using powdered flourescent colour pigment powders, similar to Brusho pigment powders.

We will see what the future holds and what transpires in my journey to…..

“Out With the Old, In With the New”

So…what is next???? See my new wave below…


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• Review: Suffragettes & Art

Review: Suffragettes & Art

The Guardian published an article that artist Gillian Wearing will be first woman to create a statue for the public space, with her monument to Millicent Fawcett at Trafalgar Square, London.

The reason for my personal excitment is that it is that it will be a female figure, but also a Suffragette. I feel this is a truly respectful way to honour what sacrifices both the Suffreges and the Suffragettes gave for my or our voting rights as women.

This has been discussed in a the Guardian article titled “Statue of suffragist to break male monopoly on Parliament Square”:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/apr/13/statue-of-suffragist-to-break-male-monopoly-on-parliament-square

Dated: 13th April 2017


About The Suffragettes:

“The suffragists failed to achieve votes for women by peaceful methods. Many women began to advocate a more militant approach. These groups became known as the suffragettes. Their motto was ‘Deeds not Words’.
In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. The WSPU adopted militant tactics. They chained themselves to railings, disrupted public meetings and damaged public property. In 1913, Emily Davison was killed throwing herself under the King’s horse at the Derby.

Suffragettes were arrested and imprisoned, but continued their protest in prison by hunger strike. Although initially they were fed by force, in 1913 the Prisoners Temporary Discharge for Ill-Health Act was passed in Parliament. Commonly known as the Cat and Mouse Act, this allowed prison authorities to release hunger-striking women prisoners when they became too weak, and re-arrest them when they had recovered. Emmeline Pankhurst was jailed and released on 11 occasions.

When the First World War broke out in 1914 the suffragettes and suffragists stopped their campaign in support of the government’s war effort. In 1918 – after the war – women were given limited voting rights.”

Text from: The British Library


Above: ‘Mrs. Pankhurst Speaking’ (UK) Photograph from Bryn Mawr Collection Library

Above: Suffragettes (UK) Photograph from – http://assets.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/main/embedded/27094/suffragettes-womens-rights-feminism-good-housekeeping__large.jpg?20151001113317


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• Exhibition Focus: ‘Stimulus’ with Art Number 23

Exhibition Focus: ‘Stimulus’ with Art Number 23 at The Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Greece 26th-30th June 2017

I am pleased to be exhibiting with an artist run exhibition programme called ‘Art Number 23′:

‘Stimulus’ Modular + Space

About Laura H Elliott’s work at the exhibition:

“The ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ has been driven forward in by further exploring abstraction and subconcious designs, using a firey mixture of flourescent colours and a mixture of textural mediums. This collection of artworks are continually influenced by her thought processes, emotions and mood at the time of creation. This free expression enables Laura to draw on a lifetime of gazing at the stars, fascinated by Astrology and space. This set of three mixed media paintings explore her interpretation of the cosmos, titled: Interstella, Cosmos and Nebula.”

Artwork details:

Above: ‘Interstellar’, 10 x 10 x 1.5 Inches, Acrylic Paint (matt, gloss and metallic), Pigment Powders, Pen, Charcoal, Conte Pastels Varnished (2017)


Above: Cosmos’, 10 x 10 x 1.5 Inches, Acrylic Paint (matt, gloss and metallic), Pigment Powders, Black Sand, Graphite Pencil, Charcoal, Conte Pastel (2017)

Above: ”Star Gazer’, 10 x 10 x 1.5 Inches, Acrylic Paint (matt, gloss and metallic), Pigment Powders, Graphite Pencil, Charcoal, Conte Pastels (2017)


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• Artist Interview: The Heroine’s Journey

The Heroine’s Journey

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Firstly, I have never thought of myself as a heroine, but this is a unique interview and the questions allow me to explain more about who I am. It might add more depth of understanding of my art.

So, to answer the question:

I love the way art enables me a precious avenue of self expression, a true therapy and a way to relax. I adore the fact that when I hold a brush or design with clay, because my mind drifts and it turns into a short type of ‘holiday’ from my disability.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I was proud to have not only gained my Art and Media Bachelor of Arts with Honors, but to have achieved a 1st for my dissertation. As I am both dyspraxic and dyslexic, it was a huge uphill battle to succeed.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I just want my husband, family and friends to be healthy and happy. The fact is that I am an emerging artist, disabled and I hope that I will be able to keep creating work with the hope to be able to make a living.

Above: ‘Setting Sun’ Sold by © Laura H Elliott


What is my greatest fear?

This is two fold:

  1. Loosing my husband, family and friends, as they complete my life.
  2. That I will loose my eye sight and the Rheumatoid Arthritis damages my hands and I cannot paint.


What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I find it endlessly infuriating that I cannot express myself clearly and talk too much in order to compensate. I also find that both my disability and anxiety affect interacting with others.

Above: ‘Those Who Watch Over Us’ by © Laura H Elliott

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
My artist peers who I exhibit with and work along side.

Above: Exhibited at the Royal College of Art with Flux exhibition – ‘Strength’ by © Laura H Elliott

What is my greatest extravagance?
Like a typical artist, I adore searching for the mediums I use: copper/ fine silver metal clay and I adore different types of paint.

On what occasion would I lie?

Only to protect my loved ones.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I think the art world can be a mine field and highly competitive or judgemental. No matter: who we are, where we are from, what level our art career is at, what is our medium of choice and if we are ‘art school’ (for lack of a better word) educated or not.


When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
It was during the 1st and 2nd year of my Art and Media Bachelor of Honors at the University of the Creative Arts at Farnham, Surrey, UK.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Simply put, I would be healthy and able to work as an artist to the best of my ability.

Where would I most like to live?

If I was not disabled, my husband and I would own a gallery in Cornwall, UK and organising art exhibitions and fairs. We both adore Cornwall and the sea. Bliss.

Above: My Mum and Dad


What is my most treasured possession?

My family, always.

It was in 2009, we moved into our bungalow. It may seem odd that it is treasured; however, it has given us a quality of life, peace and a lovely little garden for me to paint in. We have lovely neighbors and peace of mind is priceless.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am extremely talkative, but that is just who I am!

My mother worked as a hairdresser and would often take me with her to meet the elderly residents in the nursing home where she worked, where I would sit with and talk to for hours. People fascinated me and it was then that I began my lifelong fascination with learning from others by hearing about their lives, learning about whom they were and how they felt. I know that I was never short of something to talk about, which is something I have carried into adulthood.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

We are very lucky to still have beautiful countryside where we live in and around Berkshire.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I adore Japanese food and the seafood we have access to in Great Britain.

What books influenced my life and how?

It is an honor to read other peoples life stories. They educate and inform me about lives of those I may never meet in person. I truly believe it gives you a new perspective and understanding of others.


Who are my favourite writers?

I enjoy the writer Jean Sasson’s insights into others worlds, life experiences and cultures.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Easy…my life-long love of heavy metal, including Metallica, Pearl Jam and an array of rock music.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I also enjoy the films that address complicated life stories of people through history. These people are truly my heroes and heroines.


Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My parents are my rocks in life and I dearly love them, as has my siblings. I look up to them and I feel it so much more since my Dad passed in 2011. I always treasure my family and all the love and memories they have unconditionally given me.
I truly feel immensely proud of great-grand fathers on both my maternal and paternal sides.

Firstly, my maternal great-grandfather or ‘Grandpa’ was a man who I remember and deeply respect and love. He was from Glasgow, worked into his late 70s and a very a selfless man. Born in Glasgow, lived a very hard and poor life, but took care of his whole family and was an example to me in how you should treat your loved ones, as precious. He cared for every member of his family and helped them without question.

Above: My father’s Grandfather in his uniform before he was promoted to Captain

Secondly, my paternal great-grandfather was a true example to me, as he was mounted cavalry in WW1 and beyond. He was a Roma Gypsy who immigrated into the UK before the upheaval WW1. He worked his way up the ranks from a Private to a Captain, especially as he was a highly skilled horse handler which was crucial during WW1. He served his country, Great Britain, diligently during and after the war.  A true example of courage, honour and how an immigrant can serve a country with valour.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I cannot say one film as there are such a huge number of films that are stunning.

What role does art play in my life and work?

It is my identity and who I have always been since I was a young child. I have created artwork from my heart from the age of 17, which has presented my life in my art, in all mediums I have explored and studied. Every piece is simply an expression of self. This expression of self does always not fit into the specific subject of self-portraiture.

Above: ‘Purple Punk’d Velvet’ by © Laura H Elliott

My ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ is a relaxing and deeply enjoyable body of work, a new freedom. I felt that when I painted my earlier, more realistic artworks, I felt tense and frustrated. I also create work in metal clay with genuine gemstones called the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’.

Above: ‘Ruby With Love’ (left) and ‘Sapphire With Love’ (right) by © Laura H Elliott

I have recently been exploring ways to add dimension to my paintings: surface textures and patterns, outline shapes, natural form and softer lines by using other mediums such as conte pastels to add softer lines, with a stark colour difference within the paint palette to add drama mood. My recent work has included a new set of fluorescent colours which adds a glow to each piece, transforming into a soft glow under low lights. These ideas cross into my metal clay work as well.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My parents and my husband are my lynch-pins. I also treasure my close friends who have offered me encouragement, joy and love for decades, as they are my adopted families.


Whom would I like to work with 2017?

I always think at least 2-3 years ahead in the arts, just like galleries.

I am hoping for two wishes to come to fruition in the future: a second UK solo exhibition and to begin to produces a high quality limited edition print of my work.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?

I am exploring new avenues and, as I mentioned before, I hope for a second UK solo exhibition and to begin to produces a high quality limited edition prints of my work.

Above: ‘Interstella’ by © Laura H Elliott


Where can you see me or my work in 2017?

I want to exhibit in new galleries, yet keep working with: Degree Art Gallery, Flux Gallery exhibitions and Fenster Art. Who knows what is round the corner.


What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Art is my passion, always has been and always will.


How can you contact me?

Laura H Elliott BA (Hons), Dip

laurahelliott@hotmail.com

Buy my work online with Degree Art Gallery, London:  https://degreeart.com/artists/laura-elliott

Laura H Elliott Art and Blog: https://laurahelliott.wordpress.com/

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