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Meet Laura Lee Romaine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Lee Romaine.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Like most young artists, I always had an urge to draw, paint, and infuse creativity into as much of my life as possible. I grew up in Central Florida and attended Ringling School of Art and Design, straight out of high school. I spent four years immersed in that community. I was constantly producing, learning, and being inspired by my teachers and fellow students.
Once I graduated I felt a bit overwhelmed by the reality of making a living, and I became disenfranchised by the inclusivity of the art world. I struggled with various self esteem and anxiety issues. I lost the motivation to paint. I spent about a decade moving around, working odd jobs, and sowing some wild oats.
One day I woke up hungover, and I felt unfulfilled. I moved to Austin, TX and changed my lifestyle. I started painting again. I took various workshops and retaught myself how to make art. I realized painting gave me joy and purpose. It never mattered if I was successful. Making art was the success.

Please tell us about your art.
I am always striving to improve my technical skills, while simultaneously expressing a particular narrative. I study and paint from life so I can bring the imaginary world in my head to fruition. My work tends to be very much like meeting me in person. Its a bit like watching a hedonist in existential crisis. Its whimsy with a touch of subversion. I use a lot of anthropomorphism and symbolism to tell a story.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think its a pretty great time to be an artist. Technology will continue to be developed and enhance our lives, but creative minds will always be in demand. For fine artists, I think our biggest challenge is learning to market and sell ourselves. Like a lot of brick-and-mortar businesses, the number of galleries is steadily shrinking. The most successful artists I know aren’t always the most skilled, or the most creative, but they are the best business people. I try and use their success as inspiration and not let the whole game get too daunting. Opportunity is infinite.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m currently in a show at Art for the People Gallery in Austin, TX. The official show opening is July 13th. I have a website and my Instagram is @puppy_farts. Follow me! I absolutely love Instagram. My favorite thing about Art School was the incredible art library. Instagram is basically a contemporary art gallery in your pocket!

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Image Credit:
Baddie and Friends
oil on canvas

acrylic on canvas

Sweet Hairball
Acrylic on board

oil on linen

acrylic on canvas

acrylic on canvas

oil on linen

Spring Break
graphite and ink on paper

Uh Oh Spaghettio
acrylic on canvas

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