Artist Laura Berman enhances her photography with painting to create images that show the natural world in a new way. View more of her art on her website.
My path as an artist has been a winding one, always spiraling around the visual arts which seemed as natural as breathing to me.
After my art school training as a painter, I became a landscape designer, a community garden educator and organizer and a graphic designer before taking the plunge in 2006 to become a full-time photographer.
My photographic work has appeared in magazines, books and commercial products. It focuses on plants, gardens, food, farms and the people who create them.
The continuous thread throughout is my love for the beauty of the natural world. I’m fascinated by varied ways of seeing and interpreting this beauty. It is less to do with the things I see and everything to do with the way I see them; not about what the camera sees but about what I feel.
I interpret my vision using the digital tools available through my computer, creating work that is a convergence of photography and painting.
By blurring the line between painting and photographic realism, I want to connect to the natural world on an emotional level and share that vision so that others may really look at things they may have otherwise overlooked.
Until recently, my work has been focused on small and intimately seen subjects. However, a move from the city in 2012 reawakened my desire to look at the larger picture.
Finding large natural vistas in the city was difficult, but the beautiful Ontario countryside has many. Additionally, the ever-changing light makes these vistas constantly new, inspiring me to create more and more landscape images.
I still, however, love to explore macro subjects and create plant and flower portraits.
The natural world is so incredibly varied and I try to always deepen the way in which I experience and interpret it. I draw on everything from the Old Masters, to the Impressionists and the Expressionists to reimagine the world.