Laura Culic works in beeswax and oil paint. She sells her work throughout Ontario through galleries.
Her work resides in many corporate, private and government collections. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant.
Recent awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artist’s 139th Open Juried Exhibition and Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Laura’s evocative landscape and map-based images are inspired by her love of the wild places and her commitment to environmental conservation.
“My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the natural world – in particular, the wild places of Ontario. I am motivated to paint images, whether representational or abstract, which reflect my profound feelings for the land and also my commitment to environmental conservation.
Many thoughts run through my head as I paint which influence the direction of my work: thoughts that include geography; natural science; exploration; journeying and mapmaking; songs, poems and stories; the memory of sounds, scents and feel of the natural environment; the Canadian landscape and our relationship to it.
My process with encaustic involves many layers of wax to be alternately built up and then scraped away – adding an subtracting, concealing and revealing. This process is both a journey of discovery and an exercise in problem solving.
With time, and with consideration and care, the painting’s surface acquires history and meaning: a presence. It becomes and environment.
The painting process for me is an adventure and journey: an exciting merging of intuition, exploration and analysis, and the painting itself is physical evidence of that process.
I paint full time in my cozy quiet studio, which is built into the garage of my Toronto home. Whenever I can, I nurture my restless spirit and refresh my painting inspiration by taking long motorcycle trips, camping with my kids, paddling or hiking.
I studied Fine Art and Illustration, many moons ago, at the Ontario College of Art and Design.”