Laura Van Horne is a mixed-media artist who works in encaustic, acrylic, watercolor, ink, resin, paper and textiles.  She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and moved to Seattle, WA in 1994.  She has her MA in Speech Pathology, and has studied acrylic and encaustic painting at Pratt Fine Art Center. 


Since childhood, Laura has been passionate about art. When she is not creating on canvas, she is creating in her head.  Her body of work includes a wide range of styles and mediums.  Many of her pieces are mixed media and include found organic objects, textiles, pages from books, or items from flea markets.


Laura has participated in a number of group and solo art shows over the past 15 years.  She presently paints and teaches out of Gray Sky Gallery, her Seattle studio/gallery space. Gray Sky Gallery is located in the Historic Pioneer District of Seattle.


Artist Statement

I create art because I have to.  I am driven by curiosity and gather inspiration from a variety of places:  nature, photography, humor, and everyday objects.  I enjoy many styles of painting and use a variety of mediums and materials.  I love mixed media for that reason. 


My abstract ink and resin paintings have evolved from years of experimentation with an elixir of inks, pigments, paints, resins used on different substrates.  It is a meditative process and the result appears organic in nature.  This series appears scientific to me.  I see many things such as geodes, human cells, irises, and orbs in the work. 



1998-2004    Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle WA

1994         MA, SUNY Plattsburgh, New York

1991         BA, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Canada




2005-present Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Workshops

2011-present Art Docent Lawton Elementary

2014-present Adult and Children mixed media classes Gray Sky Gallery




2019        Group Show "Under The Influence" SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019        Heritage Design in Seattle Design Center

2019        Group Show at Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019        Group Show "Free Radicals" SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018         Solo show @ Taste Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2018         West Elm, featured local artist, Seattle, WA

2017         Obliteride Fundraiser Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle WA

2017         Group Show Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle WA

2017         Start Now, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016         Fred Hutch Fundraiser Gray Sky Gallery , Seattle, WA

2016         Fresh @ SAM, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016         Divergency  Burien Art Gallery, Burien, WA

2016         Group Show at Threshold Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016         Group Show Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle WA

2015         Pratt Fine Arts 33rd Annual Art Auction, Seattle, WA

2015         Magnolia Summerfest Art Show, Seattle, WA

2015         West Elm, featured local artist, Seattle, WA

2015         Spring Group Show Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014         Magnolia Summerfest Art Show, Seattle, WA

2014         RAW group art show, Seattle, WA

2012         Magnolia Summerfest Art Show, Seattle, WA

2002         Cacophony  Group show Colorwheel Studio, Seattle, WA

2001         Capital Hill Painters Coop Group Show, Seattle, WA


2020   Salann Magazine 2020  

2019   Seattle Magazine 2019

2019   Salann Magazine 2019

2018   Circle Quarterly Art Review, Winter 2018

2018   Encaustic Arts, Spring 2018  

2017   Studio Visit Magazine, Juried by George Kinghorn, Executive Director & Curator, University of Maine Museum of Art

2009   1st place Magnolia Summerfest Juried artshow.  



Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Gallery- Seattle, WA

Gray Sky Gallery- Seattle, WA

Third and Wall Art Group, Seattle, WA

Summit Gallery, Park City, UT



Encaustic Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Northwest Hospital Kidney Center, Seattle, WA

Sound Plastic Surgery, Seattle WA

Northwest Hospital, Primary Care Fremont Clinic, Seattle, WA

Google Offices, Kirkland, WA

Washington Athletic Club, Seattle, WA

Private Collections through out the US, Canada, & Australia


Seattle based artist working with encaustic, ink, resin, acrylic, watercolor and other mixed media. 

contact Laura @ 206 913-3242