Laura Culic is an award-winning painter, recently moved to Maynooth from Toronto. After completing studies at the Ontario College of Art in 1985, Laura worked as an illustrator, a mural painter and a fine artist. She has painted professionally full time for over eleven years. Laura paints with beeswax; either encaustic (hot wax) or with cold wax mixed with dry pigment and oil paint. She sells her work directly from her home studio Black Spruce Art Works; at various juried shows, and from galleries throughout Ontario.
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 varied ideas occupy my head as I paint, ultimately influencing the direction of my work. I dwell upon thoughts of exploration, geography and topography; natural science and history; journeying and map-making; and, over all, the Canadian landscape and our relationship to it.
I explore these ideas in a process that involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment, and then scratching, scoring and scraping the surface, gradually and alternately adding and subtracting, concealing and revealing, as I work towards creating an environment rich with natural textures and a sense of history and place. This process, I feel, is symbolic of nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and journey: an exciting merging of intuition, analysis and imagination.
Laura’s paintings reside in many corporate, private and government collections; she is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, and is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant.
Recent awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition and Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.