Laura’s love of wildlife and art started young. Field trips with her father included spending time in bird hides, where she would pass the time with paper and crayons, depicting the things she and her father saw in the Lincolnshire countryside. Laura continued to develop her art through her early life, attending art college in Lincolnshire, before moving to London to study a degree in scientific and natural history illustration at Middlesex University. Here, observation and detail were the main focus. Laura’s early career involved working for publishing houses in London, producing artwork for books and other printed material. Returning to Lincolnshire a few years later, Laura focussed solely on her passion, wildlife art, and gradually her work stepped away from the ‘tightness’ of commercial illustration, moving towards larger-scale fine art, exploring oil on linen.
Today, Laura’s work features mostly British birds. She divides her time between the field, observing, and sketching, and her art studio in Lincoln where paintings are completed. Aiming to capture the personality, or ‘essence’ of her subjects as seen in their natural habitat, the colour palette and design found in nature, play an important role. The finished pieces often contain a delightful combination of both precision and spontaneity.
Laura has been showing work at The Natural Eye exhibition for several years, and was elected as an Associate Member in 2023.