Featured Artist Laura Radwell

Oil painter Laura Radwell shares a striking collection of bold abstract landscapes. More of her portfolio can be found on her website.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Chopin” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

How many destinies does one person have? During childhood I dreamt my path might be an artistic one. At the time there was a great emphasis on having a college degree to land a position in an acceptable and achievable field like education.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“First Hope 1″ oil on canvas, 36″ x 36”

 

I resisted, yet as my vision wasn’t sufficiently clear, earned my degree in languages and psychology.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Coloratura” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

Now, later in life, after running a business in communications for several decades, I am grateful for having taken a leap of faith six years ago. This allowed me to fully pursue my dream from an earlier time. At first I composed digital photo-based abstracts which carried forward the design sensibilities I had developed in my business. Then I returned to my first love, oil painting.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“River Dusk” oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″

 

As a painter, I find inspiration in observing both the actual and the more metaphysical aspects of nature—the often challenging and hard to describe sense of atmosphere not necessarily composed of matter, but rather of sensations that are present or absent.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Calma” oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

And then, there is the amalgam of time and space and beauty that is often lost in today’s frenetic, high-pressure world. When I intentionally slow down time, come into a different rhythm, and allow imagination free rein, I experience an increased sense of peace and calm.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Landbody 2″ oil on canvas, 40″ x 50”

 

It is from this place that I paint—from the inside out. To me, this is a very different exercise than painting from the outside in. For me, and hopefully for the viewer, there are journeys here to take. There are explorations and adventures to ponder. Thoughts of places one has been or wishes to be can be evoked.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Promised Land” oil on canvas, 40″ x 40″

 

Considering what’s going on the world today, I wonder if beauty can serve as an antidote of some sort, a reminder of what it means to be human.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Umbra 8″ oil on canvas, 40″ x 30”

 

While human tragedy and suffering seem jagged, fragmented, asymmetrical and unsettling, beauty, by contrast, offers a fullness, a roundness, a completion.

 

abstract landscape painting by Laura Radwell

“Soliloquy 2″ oil on canvas, 40″ x 40”

 

Approaching the canvas with these thoughts in mind fills me with excitement and uncertainty. When I begin a painting not knowing what will come, I need to trust the flow and then keep responding. It is like a dialog between me and the work, and I never know who will have the last word.

 

Artist Laura Radwell at work in her studio

Artist Laura Radwell at work in her studio

 

Almost always, my work is an act of improvisation and courage. It is the result of the intertwining of memory and imagination, the meshing together of the invisible and visible landscape—somewhere in time and space.

 

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Comments

  1. Magic! These are necessary. Thank you. And the text is yummy, too.

  2. These are all lovely. My favorite is River Dusk.

    • Many thanks, Martha. River Dusk reminds me of a bend in the Connecticut River at a certain point when the sun is disappearing, but the light is still filters through the sky, land and water. . . .

  3. Cosmas makunde says

    Laura, you breathe freshly generated light into eyes and awe. A movement quite intentional and directional of consequence and fusing reality to reveal meaning. A welcoming inviting joy of subtle tenderness and refined possibility. You make us continue to see visions to interact with life.

  4. To Cosmas Makunde,

    What beautiful and provocative thoughts in repsonse to my work! I am forever grateful. I hope that you will continue to check out the work (Instagram is the most current source of images, and the website, which I’ve been a bit lazy about updating), and that you draw pleasure from the work.

    Thank you so much.

  5. Laura.. your thoughts, words and beautiful images are a balm and a blessing. How you express your relationship to your work is so perfect, I feel as if what you’ve expressed is precisely how I feel: your words say it all for me. 🙏🏼💙

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