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I am a second generation figurative artist, after my mother, Sylvia Sternberg, who was a fashion illustrator. We both attended Chouinard Art Institute part-time in the early 60's, but I am primarily self-taught. 

I am influenced by Van Dyck, Caravaggio and the Dutch Masters. I apply 17th century technique to 21st century subjects, and try to make the model's character shine through his or her external visage.

My previous series honored very talented teenaged musicians for their dedication to their art. I dressed them in classical shirts, most of which I sewed. My major aesthetic concerns were: the negative space of the black backgrounds, repetition of curves or angles, and textures of skin, hair, fabric, and instruments. The series is acrylic on canvas and most of the paintings have been exhibited around the U.S. Currently they are being exhibited at the Jerusalem Theatre.

The new series celebrates my interest in the Silk Road and the richness of friendship. Aesthetic elements are strong colors, patterns and details. You will see women's traditions of Central Asia, including tea ceremony, dance, drums, etc. These paintings are oil on canvas. The first three are being exhibited in Tel Aviv.

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At 3:36pm on February 25, 2013, Felix Baky said…

Laurel, sorry for my bad English, I want to improve the art of etching  and try other media, what kind of support do you mean?

At 3:52am on February 25, 2013, Felix Baky said…

Hi Laurel, yes I am interested in growth as an artist.

At 5:36pm on August 18, 2012, Leon Sarantos said…

Hi Laurel, I'm enjoying exploring the juxtaposition of abstract and representational approaches to art.

At 11:26am on February 4, 2012, Kenneth Bays said…

Thanks, Laurel.  I'm trying to get my drawing skills up to snuff; I want a career in art, not Burger King.  I'm going to school for Game Art and Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, but my main focus is on traditional art skills.  I believe that if my technical art creation abilities are strong, it can only enhance my performance with computer animation and game design.  I really like your work.  Your subjects really come alive.

At 10:43am on December 28, 2011, Judi Krew said…

Hi Laurel, Glad you found my work. I thought this site was closing down so I rarely check it anymore. I appreciate your taking the time to look at my images. Love the musical instruments you paint, my sons play trombone and sax.

All the best,


At 5:21pm on November 5, 2011, Stephani Fogel said…

HI Laurel! Thanks so much for your feedback on my work, I really appreciate the time you spent looking over my work and typing a response.

I love your work, I am super impressed by your technical skill. You are seasoned and masterful creator.

Thank you again for your critique!!!

Stephani Fogel

At 11:51am on October 24, 2011, Marcia Hughes said…

Phew,glad you got them,yes I am self taught,does it show? Also glad you think my composition is good,it does worry me sometimes as I never really plan it.

I have not painted anything since I lost my husband 9mths ago,every day including today I promise myself I will try,but the day goes and paints are still in the tin.

Do you manage to paint often,you must do I think,you seem to master so many subjects.

At 6:05am on October 24, 2011, Marcia Hughes said…

Hello Laurel,many thanks for your positive feedback on Fishermans Lot II.No I and No III sold within a couple of weeks for a very good price,this one just "hangs around",couple of years now.Wish I could get a better image of the others for this site.

The Dutch Masters also give me inspiration,I teach Botanical Painting.

Your comments gave me the chance to see your work,beautiful,beautiful.

Marcia Hughes SWA

At 3:25am on October 7, 2011, Lindsay Allinger said…

Hi Laurel,

Thank you so much for the welcome! I am looking for ways to connect with other artists that are out there, because I am so new to the art world and the amount of information that I am able to get from teachers may really be limited. I think that it would be really amazing to be able to make a living doing something that makes me feel so great. I am attending California State University, Chico and am working on an art degree emphasizing in painting and drawing. So far I have submitted a painting to one show (which just began on the 3rd of this month) and it was selected. The show is at a local gallery, but it was considered a "National Juried Watermedia" show and I am really very excited about it. I having been checking the artdeadline website for other shows to submit work to and am looking into a BFA degree program as opposed to the BA. I began my current series of paintings last semester and its really the first time I have been this enthusiastic about what I have chosen as far as concept goes. I feel like the main ideas that fascinate me are human emotion/expression and psychological concepts. I am very lacking in knowledge of contemporary artists to look at as far as figurative work or similar themes. I just started looking at Gottfried Helnwein and one of my teachers just showed me an artist who I think I very much can relate to, Ali Cavanaugh. I would say that I joined the group, "Take it to the next level" to follow what kinds of things other people might be talking about that I may not have thought about. Any advice concerning my artwork and/or how to go about being an artist as a career is greatly appreciated.

At 9:32am on September 3, 2011, Jim Shirey said…

they live in the hidden parts of the flower.  i assume they live on nectar and pollen.  these are indeed macro shots.  many of them are shot with a lens that is actually a low-power microscope.  i usually use 2x-3x magnification.  they are for sale and i'm in a small gallery.  and i'm cheap.


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