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 look at 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. The closer I got to graduating, the worse my anxiety got. I was stressing myself out so much and it forced me step back and think, if this is how anxious I feel learning about the material, is this really the career path I want to follow?
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 followed through and finished my business degrees, but knew that painting is my true calling.
Dahlias are my favorite subject to paint. I love their voluminous and complicated petals, dramatic shadows, and delicate yet bold blossoms. I find blending paint to create petals meditative; it helps me to feel present and grounded when I can solely focus on the flower in front of me. It's as if all the background noise disappears and it's just myself and my art supplies. This serenity is the feeling I hope to spread to my audience through my floral paintings.
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