Hello! I'm Lauren, the artist behind these floral paintings. I create photo-realistic paintings of flowers that are meant to encourage the audience to stop what they are doing and take a moment to appreciate natural beauty in the world around us. It's so easy to get caught up in the busy world with never-ending to-do lists running through our minds, so I want to create art that makes you hit pause and be present, if only for a moment. Instead of stopping to smell the roses, I invite you to stop and see the dahlias.
I am a mostly self-taught artist. In high school I took nearly every art class I could get my hands on but then lost touch with my creative side after graduation when I got sucked into the world of retail management. After a few years getting my footing in the working world, I went to college and graduated with degrees in Operations Management, Marketing, and Communication Studies. Ironically, business school is what motivated me to return to my artistic passion.
I began painting again during my senior year as a stress relief. Instantly I felt more like myself than I had in years. When I shared the first painting I finished and received more support and encouragement than I could have imagined, I started to seriously consider becoming a professional artist. I started my art business in 2018 and the passion for painting I have keeps growing. Dahlias are my favorite subject to paint. I love their voluminous petals and dramatic shadows. They're the best flower to get lost in!
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