Based in: Llanelian
Laura Mathews was born in North Wales and grew up on a farmhouse in the village of Llanelian near Colwyn Bay. She works primarily in acrylics and watercolours to create impressionistic style paintings of rural wildlife, coastal scenes and remote landscapes. Atmosphere, colour, light and tone all work to give Laura’s paintings a contemporary feel. Laura’s approach is varied in medium and subject, she frequently translates her style into ink drawings and depicts images inspired by the Welsh landscape. Often working from memory or photographs. Laura also enjoys expressing herself through abstract painting techniques to capture special moments in time, instilling each of her subjects with a serene mood.
Laura’s Education and Career
Laura completed an Art Foundation Diploma at Coleg Menai Bangor. She completed a Ba Hon’s in Textile Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. Laura specialised in digital and screen fabric printing. After her degree she continued to paint, inspired by the landscapes and seascapes overlooking the Irish sea. Laura’s natural surroundings remain her main source of inspiration and she uses her art to document daily life in North Wales. She creates layers and texture with paint and enjoy’s capturing the beautiful colours around her. Laura is now an Art Teacher and continues to paint.
More About Laura Mathews
What inspires you?
Welsh landscape, Coast of North Wales, Irish sea, Mountains, wildlife flowers and natural forms.
Describe your creative process.
Creating layers of paint and blending harmonious colours
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Colourful, texture, movement
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Monet and Peter Prendergast
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
Paintbrush and a pallet knife
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Follow your heart be kind and always try your best
Where do you go for inspiration?
Out walking in North Wales
Manchester Metropolitan University
United Kingdom, 2010
Coleg Menai Bangor
United Kingdom, 2009