Photo of me by the fire at my lakeside retreat in Maine
As early as I can remember I have been fascinated by nature. Whether walking in the woods admiring the beauty oftowering Pine trees or simply hearing gentle waves crashing against a rocky shoreline, I am in awe.
My father, an avid lover of nature, and my mother a beach worshiper passed these appreciations along to me. Growing up on Long Island New York, many of my summer days were spent boating on Long Island Sound, swimming at the beach, and playing in tidal pools. Family vacations consisted of camping, fishing, and hiking through-out New York State, and New England.
At about age 10, I started showing great interest in the visual arts spending countless hours in my bedroom drawing. My grandparents took notice, and purchased painting lessons for me.
When I was a Junior in High School my art teacher encouraged me to enter a New York State student art contest. I took her advice, created a piece for the competition, entered it, and won. This gave me the confidence to apply to a college art program, and to continue my journey as an artist.
I studied drawing, painting, and printmaking mentoring under Rick Mikkelson, and Diane Fine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at SUNY Plattsburgh, New York 92’. After graduation I moved to Boston Massachusetts where I settled into the local art scene, exhibiting, winning awards, and selling my artwork.
In 2004, I took a hiatus from showing publicly, following the birth of my twin sons. I re-emerged, in the Spring of 2019 exhibiting my Encaustic mixed media abstract landscape paintings.
My paintings are shown regularly at Gallery Nantasket, Hull, MA, in various regional shows, and online. I am a member of IEA, International Encaustic Artists Hull Artists, Hull, MA South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA NorthRiverArtsSociety, Marshfield, MA
“Get outside!” I say to myself when life becomes a dizzying array of tedious to do’s. I throw on whatever the appropriate footwear may be at the moment and go. A long intense walk in the snow covered woods or a ponderous stroll along the sun drenched beach. I stop and stare at natures wonders. I am humbled by its beauty, power and presence. It carries my sub conscience away to a serene, solace place. I welcome the calm like a warm embrace. mindfulness can be hard to find.
I bring my camera. I want to capture the stormy sky, the ever-changing light that plays off a tree limb, the glistening sunlight breaking through the canopy of a forest, the trees casting their shadows along a footpath, the explosiveness of wildflowers blooming in a field, the contrast of a horizon against the vastness of the ocean but these photos are just the beginning.
When I return to my studio I want to recreate those places, and the feelings they evoked. I splice up my photos heat up the wax, organize my brushes, choose my paint colors, and peel the paper covering my Pastels.
I want to share with my viewer what I saw and felt.
Nature is my muse.
2020 Honorable Mention, Coastal New England Juried Art Show, South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA 1996 Best in Show, Pembroke Arts Festival-Pembroke, MA 1996 First Prize for Watercolor, Pembroke Arts Festival- Pembroke, MA
2020 Sunset at the Old Pier, by Lara Williams, IEA Vignettes in Wax and Words, Juried online exhibition, Juror: Lora Murphy 2020 65th Annual South Shore Arts Festival, Juried Show, Cohasset, MA Juror: Jessica Burko 2020 Coastal New England, Juried Art Exhibition, 2020, South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA 2019 The Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, 2019, The Ames Mansion Museum, North Easton, MA Juror: Irena Roman 2019 Juried Art Show, 52nd Annual Pembroke Arts Festival, Pembroke MA Jurors: John David O’Shaughnessy, Cathleen Broderick, and Claudia P. Iannuccilli Textile Costume & Conservator, in the Gabrielle and Leo Beranek Textile Laboratory, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2019 Juried Art Show, 64th Annual South Shore Art Center, Arts Festival, Cohasset, MA Jurors: William Houser, Norwell Kate James, and Cindy Vallino, 1997 Works on Paper, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA Juor: Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine
SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS
2020 65th Annual South Shore Arts Center, Members Show, Cohasset, MA 2019 Blue Ribbon Members Show, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA 2019 63rd Annual Arts Festival, Second Parish in Hingham, MA 1996 2nd Annual Pearl Art & Craft, Staff Exhibition, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA 1995 The Art of July, Lansdowne Street Playhouse, Boston, MA 1995 Solo Show, Works on Paper Santa Barbara Café, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA Mark and Alyson Zildjian 1995 Artists Working, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2020 Sunset at the Old Pier, by Lara Williams, IEA Vignettes in Wax and Words, Juried online exhibition, Juror: Lora Murphy 2019 Harbor Island, by Lara Williams, Cover photo, Facebook page @SSArtCenter South Shore Art Center 2019 Blustery, by Lara Williams, Artwork for Music Single Winter Gloves by Lindsey Buck, LindseyBuckMusic.com