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.
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 "Free Radicals" SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA
2019 Heritage Design in Seattle Design Center
2019 Group Show at Gray Sky 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
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
2018, Circle Quarterly Art Review, Winter 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.
GALLERIES & REPRESENTATION
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