Laura Adams

Laura Adams

Laura Adams’ process is deeply rooted in observation. It starts at the initial point of inspiration, where she is struck by the way in which a ray of light dramatically cuts across a section of wallpaper, the undulating curves of a headboard, or the ornate patterns of a British textile designer. She then demonstrates the ability and passion for seeing what others would overlook during the act of painting itself, in which each work is developed over numerous phases of layering details. The final product renders each subject extraordinary through her use of rich color palettes and the illusion of light on a variety of surfaces. Countless studio hours spent on each piece are manifested in paintings that are not simply appealing to behold, but evoke the connection the artist feels towards each object, an idea further emphasized by the choice to work on small scale canvases. Viewers are drawn to her works and invited to look closely just as one would hold a tangible object up to her face to admire it. In this way, the act of observation becomes a device not only for the artist, but also for her audience.

She documented the creation of her recent work "Compton" (2016-17, oil on panel, 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches). See the fascinating progression below! 

Her first step is to choose the subject, in this case a dragonfly pin placed on a patterned William Morris silk scarf, and arrange the still life to work from. She then creates a grid to facilitate the drawing process and utilizes a combination of tracing and freehand sketching to render both items, paying close attention to how the folds in the fabric distort the floral designs. 

Her first step is to choose the subject, in this case a dragonfly pin placed on a patterned William Morris silk scarf, and arrange the still life to work from. She then creates a grid to facilitate the drawing process and utilizes a combination of tracing and freehand sketching to render both items, paying close attention to how the folds in the fabric distort the floral designs. 

Once the underdrawing is complete, she begins laying in the base colors of the entire composition, starting with the upper lefthand corner.

Once the underdrawing is complete, she begins laying in the base colors of the entire composition, starting with the upper lefthand corner.

This is the painting with the finished base layer.

This is the painting with the finished base layer.

Smaller brushes and laborious hours in the studio allow her to concentrate on the early stages of adding in details. 

Smaller brushes and laborious hours in the studio allow her to concentrate on the early stages of adding in details. 

Here she addresses the subtle folds and sense of depth created by the rippling fabric. 

Here she addresses the subtle folds and sense of depth created by the rippling fabric. 

The piece is finally finished after several more stages of adding contrast and highlights, accents to the flowers, and details to the dragonfly. From beginning to end, this work took ten months to complete.

The piece is finally finished after several more stages of adding contrast and highlights, accents to the flowers, and details to the dragonfly. From beginning to end, this work took ten months to complete.

Laura Adams, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, currently resides as a working artist in the Philadelphia area. She received her Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2011 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Laura had her first solo show at Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia in 2012, and she has participated in many group exhibitions both locally and nationally, at such esteemed venues as the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has also received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Richard C. Von Hess Memorial Scholarship and Travel Award and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Her work resides in numerous public and private collections, most notably the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Trust. She currently maintains a studio practice at her home in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and is represented by Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia where she will be participating in a forthcoming exhibition opening on May 5th.

To see additional paintings please visit her website: http://www.lauraadamsartist.com/

All images courtesy of the artist. 

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