Linkedin Profile PicLaura Lynne is inspired by the immersion in nature she had growing up in Wisconsin, the study of yoga teaching, mythology, and fairy tales. When she first moved to Illinois in 2008, Laura had studied yoga teacher training in hopes of becoming an instructor.  “I loved it, but I’m just not very flexible” she says.  However, her yoga teacher training heavily influences her artwork now.

“I’ve learned that meditation and yoga are critical tools, not only help me to be physically comfortable in the studio for hours, but also to help my creativity.  It has helped to sharpen my intuition which I use when doing commission work and making decisions in my art.  One of my commission clients wanted butterflies in her piece, which I didn’t know at the time is a symbol for the loss of a child.  They had found out that they were going to lose another child and I had unknowingly put another butterfly in the artwork.  She loved it and felt an extra connection to the piece.”

From her yoga teacher, Kim Schwartz, she learned to transform her bad dreams by changing the imagery into something funny or positive.  She learned about being in a “feeling state.”  After college she thought art had to be controversial and portray the deepest, darkest sides of humanity or the self.  Now, she creates from the heart and is much happier, using art as a meditative practice.  Art and writing, she says, are excellent tools for transformation.  Some of her art is embellishing pleasant memories and some of it is transforming less pleasant memories into mythological scenes.  Each piece has a tale behind it.

Laura Lynne uses cut papers of all types to create bold, colorful, whimsical mixed-media art.  Her art training (first at UW-Madison, then graduating with a BFA from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts) shows a sharp eye for color theory and elaborate compositions.  For the artworks, she uses a variety of papers, including tissue, wrapping, magazine, and handmade.

Some of Laura’s other influences include the following:  Murakami, Roald Dahl, Frida Kahlo and other Surrealists, Yayoi Kusama, Mid-Century Modern Art and Design, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Charley Harper, poster design, Modernisme, Antoni Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Bonnard, Klimt, Kay Neilson, Julie Andrew’s voice, fishing tales, Goonies, and local artists Esther Aron and Cindy Sampson.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

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