Featured Artist Laura Syren

Enjoy the delightful portfolio of artist Laura Syren, whose colorful collage work is inspired by Matisse. See more of her work on her website.


mixed media garden inspired abstract art

“Le Jardin” mixed media, 24″ x 24″


Several years ago, I made the confident decision to leave the misty landscapes of the northwest behind. I followed my heart to the sun-kissed allure of Southern California.


abstract mixed media art

“Evolving Perspectives” mixed media, 30″ x 40″


I love how the palm trees sway in the gentle ocean breeze and the diverse plant life. The serene landscapes all enveloped me in a sense of inspiration. It was amidst this natural beauty that a creative spark ignited within me, setting the stage for my journey as an artist.


whimsical mixed media art

“Overflowing Abundance” mixed media, 30″ x 30″


Immersing myself in the Southern California surroundings, I drew inspiration from the works of Henri Matisse during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition showcased Matisse’s revolutionary use of color and simplified forms in the 20th century. It featured bold colors, simple room depictions, and scenic beauty. His masterful use of color, shapes, decorative wallpapers, and even a humble goldfish in a bowl captivated me.


whimsical art inspired by Matisse

“Nature in the Urban Jungle” mixed media, 30″ x 30″


Drawing from my encounters with Matisse’s art, I embarked on a creative journey to incorporate his style into my own artistic vision.


mixed media abstract painting of a lemon tree

“Lemon Tree on the Terrace” mixed media, 30″ x 30″


In my process, I start by applying large, bold blocks of paint (acrylic mediums) as the foundation and underpaint for my compositions. I then cut out hand-painted papers to build layers of geometric simple shapes, adding depth and texture to the artwork.


mixed media pastel abstract art

“Urban Metro” mixed media, 30″ x 30″


By incorporating paper collaging, I create a bold, colorful, and contrasting look. This invites viewers to explore a world of wonder and creativity.


nature-inspired mixed media abstract painting

“Leaves Between States” mixed media, 30″ x 24″


Having honed my artistic skills through art schools over the years and earning a degree in industrial illustration, I was well-prepared for my dedication to becoming an artist. I had a successful career as a cabinet designer, bringing my artistic vision to life in functional and aesthetic ways.


colorful mixed media abstract art

“Promise of Renewal” mixed media, 24″ x 24″


However, my passion for art never waned. In 2021, I retired to fully dedicate myself to my dream of becoming a full-time artist. This transition marked a new chapter in my artistic exploration. It allowed me to immerse myself full time in creativity and enjoyment. I want to share my vision with the world through vibrant and captivating artworks.


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