Laura Blue Palmer
I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. I moved to Montana in 1994 and studied fine art at the University of Montana in Missoula for two years. I completed my formal art education at the San Francisco Art Institute, earning a BFA in 1999. City life was exciting, but my affection towards Montana was too strong, and I returned to the Big Sky state in 2000. Today, I work out of my home Missoula, MT studio.
While most recognize my work through the representation of birds and expansive western landscapes, I have created a new body of abstract, linear color compositions. These paintings are suggestive of fluid natural scenes using bold colors against high contrast backgrounds.
In creating this body of work, I found myself thinking about how the natural world connects us through the use of vibrant and movable color and line. I am interested in the shapes you find on land, the geology of rock, and the colors you find in flowers and plants. I have been listening to my head and my heart, meditating though these naturally reoccurring scenes. The process is fluid and exciting, a journey that I hope to continue exploring.
I make ethereal atmospheric landscapes inspired by sunsets, skies, mountains, and water. I also make energetic linear abstract paintings that represent human connections and line work. All of my paintings are representative of land, skies, and water. My artwork is memory-based and I spend my free time skywatching, backpacking, and hiking in the remote wilderness. I am most interested in capturing color and pushing the light that plays off of a beautiful landscape horizon. I like to try and balance my compositions through layering paint and exaggerating color. No two of my paintings are quite the same and I wish to provide the viewer with an emotional connection to my work.