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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

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

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• Review: Artsy Editorial – Kandinsky’s How To Be An Artist

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Above: “Composition VII” (1913) by Wassily Kandinsky – In Collection At: The State Tretyakov Gallery

Review: Artsy-Editorial – Kandinsky’s How To Be An Artist

“I came across a fascinating editorial article on the Artsy website, written by author Rachel Lebowitz, about a master artist whom I deeply admire, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. As I always do in my blog’s, I will interpret this article and apply it to my personal experience and practice in the arts.

Kandinsky taught at the Bauhaus for an 11-year period and detailed his art theories in books. He had complex and detailed ideas to convey about the practice and philosophy of art. This Artsy Editorial focused his ideas into five points of interest or “lessons”. Although I feel they are interesting “lessons” for my own painting practices I really believe they show only 5 of a complex and involved philosophy of the past master Kandinsky.

The true depth of Kandinsky’s concepts are in his books he authored. The first book he wrote was titled ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’ (1911). Within this book he laid out his tenets for artistic creation as a spiritual act. Kandinsky wrote a book called ‘In Point and Line to Plane’ (1926) in which he expands on elements such as rhythm and amplification. Each of these books delve in detail into his progressive practice and exploration as both a painter and tutor and could be of great interest if you wish to read about Kandinsky’s theories of practice.

The article author Rachel Lebowitz states:

“…Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Art making, he insisted, was about freedom. Nevertheless, there are several lessons that artists should heed if they are to meet Kandinsky’s requirements.” (1)

In my opinion, this article describes how Kandinsky felt his theories as ideas which can be drawn from, by artists. Therefore, although this article refers to each point as “lessons”, my opinion is that I do not think they should be so finite, maybe they should be guides, not lessons.

Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Art making, he insisted, was about freedom. Nevertheless, there are several lessons that artists should heed if they are to meet Kandinsky’s theories.

We start with five below that where highlighted in the Artsy article and the five “Lessons” are as follows:

Wassily Kandinsky  Dreamy Improvisation, 1913  Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen,

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Dreamy Improvisation’ (1913)
– In Collection At: Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.

Lesson #1: Express your inner world, not the latest artistic trends

If we reflect on the history of art, it is littered with ever changing movements in art, which I feel could be referred to as “trends”. I always want to stay true to who I am as both a person and artist; therefore, I always draw on who I am as a person, with my artworks interpreting my persona and life experiences. I try to not focus on external trends and influences towards my work, but I do use this to progress and push my ideas forward.

The meaning of the word “merit” or the phrase I would chose to use is “artistic merit”. This phrase was not 100% clear to me when considering if that was directly relevant, so I looked up the definition of “artistic merit”:

“Artistic merit is a crucial term, as pertains to visual art. However, many people fail to distinguish between the problem of distinguishing art from non-art and the problem of distinguishing good art from bad art. In many cases, people claim that such-and-such object is “not art” or “not real art” when they intend to say that they do not consider it to be good or successful art.” (3)

I believe that art trends are interwoven with the concept of “artistic merit” or what people consider the value in art is always subjective; therefore, it is intrinsically linked with “artistic trends”.

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Composition in red and black’ (1920) – In Collection At: The State Museum of Art, Tashkent

Lesson #2: Don’t paint things. Paint in abstract form

I understand the thought behind this lesson; however, I do not agree with blanket opinions on what an artist should or shouldn’t create.

On a personal level, lesson #2 has an interesting point regarding my own artistic journey and practice. Over the years I have always had the desire to further abstract my ideas and this is a style that I now feel freedom and peace within. However, I am talking about my work and this does not apply to each artist.

Above: ‘Mirage’ (2016) by Laura H Elliott

Every artist interprets life in their own individual way. This reiterates that art is highly subjective and also highlights how trends can impact in the arts and highlights how lesson #1 is hard to follow.

It was during the time when I was 16-18 years old that I had a teacher who always pushed me into direct replication or realism. This was evident in both her projects she gave us and her regular interventions when I was creating artworks. It was only aged 17, that I rejected her beliefs and I began to create what I wanted. It was at this age when I created an abstract sculpture. This piece was inspired by Picasso and based on an amphibian, often named as a ‘Jesus Lizard’ as it runs across the surface of water.

When I was 25 I began studying an Art and Media Diploma. It was during this time I was guided by a vastly different, vibrant tutor who encouraged a self-directed practices. It was a refreshing change and has directly contributed to my current practices to this day.

The article states how art is an “…outward manifestation of the artist’s psyche—of his or her authentic thoughts and feelings” (1).

I was 25 when I returned to studying and practicing art, having worked in the nursing field for years. I left behind direct ‘replicas’ of the world I saw around me and began to relax and move towards abstraction or simplification in my art. I find my abstract work a relaxing and deeply enjoyable experience, a new freedom. I think this lesson does not address how complex and intricate the process of development is an artists and, therefore, this lesson is not a belief I would support.

Above: Wassily Kandinsky ‘Gespannt im Winkel’ (1930)
– In Collection At: Collection Kunstmuseum Bern

Lesson #3: Approach color as a window into the human soul

The article states that inspiration for Kandinsky was found in the

“…Fauvist paintings he saw while living in Paris from 1906 to 1907—with their wild hues that were entirely divorced from the real world—proved to be even more influential. Embracing this type of freedom in color.” (1)

I think this encompasses my own practice and passion. I find freedom in colours, with each choice expressing my inner emotions and moods, allowing them to be expressed to the world. When I paint in an abstract expressionist style it allows me to relax and find true solace from both my mental and physical disabilities. In a way, they are a window into my soul and the soul of every artist, including Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Violett’ (1923) – In Collection At: Redfern Gallery Ltd.

Lesson #4: Inject rhythm into your painting, like a musical score

I am not sure how to explain my own work in relation to music. I have had a deep seated passion and ear for music and the layers contained in every piece I hear. I have previously written about the impact of music on my work and this passion and inspiration has not dissipated. Granted, I do not deafen both myself and family with heavy metal anymore, but I listen and enjoy all types and styles as time passes.

Above: ‘Joy’ (2003) by Laura H Elliott

This article says Kandinsky felt “…as an artist used colors, he or she was in effect playing different musical notes, causing [he said] vibrations in the soul” (1).

Different colours resonate with each of us in different ways and this is how I interpret this idea by Kandinsky. When collectors buy my work, I see a tangible response and this could be the vibrations Kandinsky speaks of.

The article goes on to state that “…a painting would do well to be composed like a musical score.” I see a rhythm in all artworks, but I interpret this in an emotional response due to the person I am: emotional, complex and passionate.

I use my art as a therapy and see vibrations as emotion during and after creating each piece of work. My work since 2016 has contained a new wave of colours and this might enhance and develop my work like a piece of music, thus creating a rhythm.

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Composition’ (1925) – In Collection at: Leila Heller Gallery

Lesson #5: By creating original work, you will further the cause of humanity

This is a grandeous statement, however, I agree with its sentiment. It has to be said that art has been academically proven to be a key component in our lives and well-being, a therapy, so lesson #5 is the truth. Speaking for myself, art is a fundamental part of who I am as a individual and gives me clarity, solace and strength.

Above: ‘Forever Grateful’ by Laura H Elliott

I have to agree with lesson #5 as it highlights my own belief in work as an artist. I truly believe that art helps humanities living and well-being, despite the commonly held point of view that art is not as fundamentally important as academic areas.”

So….What do you think of Kandinsky’s five lessons?

Wassily Kandinsky ‘Untitled’ (1921) – In Collection At: Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel

Sources and Useful Links:

1) https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-kandinsky/amp

2) http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/book-117.php

3) http://www.definitions.net/definition/artistic%20merit

4) http://www.wassily-kandinsky.org/

5) http://studiosixtysix.tumblr.com/post/151158596757/13reasons

6) http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee-productivity/#243c119d2c44

7) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1138946616232550&id=100003516670643

8) http://studiosixtysix.tumblr.com/post/151158596757/13reasons

9) http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee-productivity/#243c119d2c


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• Introducing the ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ 2017-2018

Shown below are pieces from the latest 2017/2018 ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ designs.

Each piece is available to be commissioned or purchased through my representatives Degree Art, Fenster Art, Flux Gallery and Culture Label. Every design contain an ethically sourced selection of genuine gemstone set in hand-made metal clay designs.


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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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• 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

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•  Artwork Focus: A Tribute To Our ‘Star Man’, David Bowie

This is my piece created in honour of our “Star Man”, David Bowie. 

This part of the song has stuck in my mind my whole life, as the chorus in ‘Star Man’ by our © David Bowie goes

“There’s a star man waiting in the sky

He’d like to come and meet us

But he thinks he’d blow our minds

There’s a starman waiting in the sky

He’s told us not to blow it

Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

He told me:

Let the children lose it

Let the children use it

Let all the children boogie”

Above: ‘Star Man’ by © Laura H Elliott

Below is the painting “Star Man” under natural and electric lighting:


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• My Journey: Disability

Disability is unique to everyone and I am no exception.

How does your disability effect you?

I suffer from multiple conditions, the most damaging is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The pain is debilitating and restricts my life, including that it has a ‘knock on effect’ on everyday parts of my life; therefore, it affects my abilities to create art.

A bad day means I cannot move around and then I can’t paint. I need support, assistance and cared for every day, but in order to create I always need help to set-up and pack away. I adore the fact that when I hold a brush, my mind drifts and it turns into my solace or a short type of ‘holiday’.

Above: ‘Strange Rainbow’ by © Laura H Elliott

How does your disability affect your work process as an artist?

I have struggled for decades with physical and mental health issues. My art has always been an open or external representation of my inner self. My health reflects in my choice of colour, style and subject matter in my ‘Landscape Moods Collection’ mixed media paintings, started in 2002. 

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 subject of self-portraiture. Over the years of exploring the arts I have:

  • Portraiture
  • Painting
  • Land, Sea and Sky scapes
  • Ceramics
  • Metal Work
  • Lino Printing
  • Etching
  • Life Drawing
  • Textiles
  • Film and Video
  • Photography


Did your disabilities affect your Studies of Art and Media Bachelor of Arts with Honors?

Simply put, yes. 

My disability significantly impacted the later part of my Art and Media Bachelor of Arts with Honors in the 2nd half of the 2nd year and into the 3rd year. During my 1st year and 1st part of my 2nd year at university I spent 8-9 hours a day studying. I studied both home and in university, including academic projects.

It was in 2005 that my health deteriorated and I took a year off. When I returned I was unable to attend university every day. I kept creating and studying at home and I am proud that my academic standard during the whole degree increased despite my illness:

…from barely passing my 1st essay with a 3rd (41%)….to a 1st (72%) for my dissertation. 

My disability affected:

  •  My ability to physically attend
  • My ability to create
  • Meant that I could no longer drive
  • I found the final presentation of my work a painful chore, achieved with a huge amount of physical help and support
  • It even affected my ability to carry the basics, e.g. books

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

Above: ‘ Torn’ (2003) The 1st piece in the ‘Landscape Moods Collection’

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 it to clearly express who I am, my life, moods/ emotions and my core personality. Each brush stroke and colour used add a personal meaning to every collector of my work.

What inspired your new movement back into abstract paintings?

Above: ‘Star Man’ by © Laura H Elliott

Simply put, my abstract work is a relaxing and deeply enjoyable body of work. I felt that when I painted my earlier, more realistic artworks I felt tense and frustrated. The movement back to paint in an abstract expressionist style allowed me to relax and find true solace from both my mental and physical disabilities.

Above: ‘Dodge Punk’d Viper’ by © Laura H Elliott

What are you using as inspiration?

Since my new movement in the later part of 2016, I have been exploring: 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.

Above: ‘Spotty Punk’d Leopard’ by © Laura H Elliott

How do you incorporate the natural elements of: water, earth, fire and air?

It is since January 2017 that the opposing or contrasting elements: earth, wind, water and air have becoming a common thread. I have used an array of photographic images I took myself of UK public areas to draw inspiration from as well as drawing from my wealth of visual images in my mind.

Above: ‘Purple Punk’d Velvet’ on exhibition at 1of1 Designs with Degree Art Gallery by © Laura H Elliott


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