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Introducing Laura Pearse

Posted on May 14, 2015

We would like to introduce you to new artist Laura Pearse!
Discipline:  Portrait and Wildlife Artist
Age: 27
Where do you live? Haggerston
Where did you study? Marketing at Newcastle University. Self taught Artist
Life ambition: To be recognized internationally as a wildlife artist 
How did you get started? 
Art has always been a primary passion of mine, but I drew my first animal portrait as a thank you to someone directly after university, which then triggered my first pet portrait commission. I continued to receive commissions through word of mouth off the back of this, which I completed in my own time outside of day job. I then made the jump in the summer of 2013 to become a full time artist. 
What can you tell us about your artistic practice? 
I work in either oils or pencils and there are two main areas to my work: Pet portrait, people portrait or wildlife commissions, or my own pieces sold via website, galleries and solo exhibitions which focus on endangered species across the world. Every animal or tribesperson I paint/ draw is somehow threatened and I try to interpret this message through style and technique whilst still portraying the animal/ tribesperson in its beautiful prime. 
Other smaller areas to my work include murals and illustrations. 
Do you have a routine, or an exercise you have to do get your started? 
I know I work best early afternoon into late evening so I try to get all the procrastination out the way first thing in the morning when I arrive at my studio. This can be anything from emails to researching for my next portfolio piece. When working on my own art as opposed to commissions, I visualize an idea of a finished piece but don’t set myself a complete image. Most of the time, I’m not even sure which animal I will be painting. I go completely on what suits the canvas and the background I’ve just created at the time ad continue from there. 
What are your ambitions in the art world?
To identify myself as a wildlife artist and to use my work (along with others) as a tool to communicate just how brutally and quickly species across the world are becoming endangered. Art is a great way to inspire people so my ambition is to collaborate with conservation and rehabilitation groups to create awareness. 
What advice would you give to anyone that is starting out?
Be patient and take every negative hit as a learning experience. It’s easy to get disheartened by knock backs but note them down and work on avoiding them next time. I have had a lot of knock backs and still do, but now challenge myself to not make the same mistake again which works as a great motivator. 
And lastly, choose one word:
Grotesque or beautiful? Beautiful
Urban or surreal? Surreal
Planned or spontaneous? Spontaneous
Monochrome or rainbow? Rainbow
Thank you Laura! You can see Laura's artwork here.
Written by Curious Duke Gallery blogger Sinéad Loftus.
Lover of all art and fluffy cats.