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, New England, and Maine.
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 for my Christmas gift that year they purchased art lessons for me.
When I was a Junior in High School my art teacher encouraged me to enter into a New York State student art contest. I took her advice, created a piece for the competition, entered it, and won 1st prize. This gave me the confidence to apply to a college art program, and to continue my journey as an artist.
At college I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at SUNY Plattsburgh, New York 92’. From there I moved to Boston Massachusetts where I settled into the local art scene while working at Pearl Art & Crafts in Cambridge. I started entering juried shows, and exhibiting my work.
Showings among others included a Solo show at Sunset cafe’ in Cambridge, and a Juried Show titled Works on Paper at The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA, Juried by Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine, 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Art Criticism, Awards around this time included “1st prize for Art” and “1st prize for Watercolor" for The Tower, at the 1996 Pembroke arts festival, Pembroke, MA.
In 2004 I had twin sons and they became my number one priority. I set my paintbrushes aside until the Spring of 2019 when I decided it was the right time to get back to my easel now that my twin sons were older and more independent.
I began working with Encaustic, a medium that I immediately fell in love with. I re-emerged into the art community when I entered three pieces into a longstanding Annual Arts Festival at a church in Hingham, MA and sold Birches one of the works I had on exhibit there.
In the months following, I entered paintings that were accepted into the South Shore Art Centers Summer Juried Art show in Cohasset, MA, and the Pembroke, MA Arts Festival Juried show. My painting Forest in Bloom was accepted into The Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition a prestigious show held at The Ames Mansion Museum at Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA.
Looking back at the past year, I am proud of what I have accomplished, and thankful to be doing what I love to do after such a long hiatus from it. I'm looking forward to painting my way through 2020.
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“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 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
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