Featured Artist Laurie DeVault

Painter Laurie DeVault presents a collection of colorful and dynamic contemporary abstracts. View more of her art by visiting her website.


Abstract painting of a penguin looking at the sunset in Paris by Laurie DeVault

“Lonely Penguin Contemplates Sunset From the Streets of Paris” Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″


I grew up in California, raised in a family where creativity was valued and where my own artistic inclinations were encouraged. My parents supplied me with a variety of art supplies, including long rolls of white paper supplied by the butcher. We made our own gift wrap and greeting cards, and my mother drove me to an art class every week when I was ten.


Abstract painting of a pueblo sunset by Laurie DeVault

“Pueblo Sunset” Acrylic on Canvas, 30″ x 24″


This wasn’t a class of instruction, but one of creation, where we were free to explore and experiment with the materials laid out before us. I was in heaven! It was also then that I had my first taste of commercial success potential when one of my classmate’s mothers offered me $5 for my painting. My mother intervened, rejected her offer, and delayed my career for fifty years.


Abstract painting titles Voyage by Laurie DeVault

“Voyage” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″


Although I earned a degree in art, I did not become a painter until much later. I mostly enjoyed photography and spent decades teaching elementary school. Since retiring from teaching, I have found my way back to the studio. Once again I am filled with the delicious satisfaction that comes with the creative process.


Abstract painting of houses on a hill by Laurie DeVault

“Houses on a Hill” Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 20″


I approach my painting without any preconceived notions about the final product. If I start to think about who might like my painting, or fret that it may not be “good” enough, my joy is diminished as I am no longer trusting myself and my own intuition.


Abstract painting titled Totem by Laurie DeVault

“Totem” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″


I paint best when I get out of my own way.


Abstract painting titled Once Upon a Dream by Laurie DeVault

“Once Upon a Dream” Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″


I’m an explorer in my studio, playing with my paints and mediums, and experimenting with scrapers, brushes, pencils and pastels. I play with textures, shapes, lines and carefree mark-making. I love the freedom of acrylic paints, how they can be creamy or transparent, and are easy to layer, manipulate, remove and cover.


Abstract painting titled Red Number 4 by Laurie DeVault

“Red Number 4″ Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 20”


My childhood home had stacks of art books. I was enchanted by the paintings of Chagall, Kandinsky and Klee, as well as by the drawings of Steinberg.


A vibrant painting with three bright lilies that seem illuminated by the sun's radiance by Laurie DeVault

“Mountain Lilies” Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 36″


People comment they see these influences in my work, but I wonder which came first? Was I drawn to these artists because of an innate connection already deep within me, or have they somehow influenced my process through some kind of osmosis? I tend to lean more towards the former theory, believing we are all born with certain proclivities which inspire us to choose some paths while ignoring others.


Abstract painting titled My Happy Place by Laurie DeVault

“My Happy Place” Acrylic on Canvas, 20″ x 20″


It’s a challenge to explain my art, as putting the verbal to the visual doesn’t always work for me. My paintings can be edgy, wild and complex as well as soft, dreamy and whimsical. It’s all a joyful journey of exploration and discovery—spontaneous and unplanned.


Artist Laurie DeVault in her studio

Artist Laurie DeVault in her studio


I hope you will share this journey with me.


Artist Laurie DeVault invites you to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Singulart and Fine Art America.


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  1. I really connected with these lovely artworks, and the accompanying words by the artist made me feel happy and grateful. Waking up to so much strange and unsettling news in recent days, making art beckons like a beautiful and inviting shelter. This collection of paintings and the artist’s thoughts about exploring this inner vision have gotten my day off on a good footing! Much appreciated.

    • Paula, what kind words. Thank you! I’m so glad my paintings as well as my thoughts brightened your day. Yes, we certainly need what comforts us most during these difficult days. We are fortunate to have our art and to be able to share it with others.

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