Welcome to the place where the backstory gets told. I believe that people are made up of stories, like puzzle pieces. This is a piece of my puzzle.
Laura Christeen Tetrault (that’s me) was born in early August, to a family who homeschooled when nobody knew what that was. Curiosity was encouraged, the questions that go with curiosity only slightly less so. I was and still am curious about everything, so that could very quickly add up to a lot of questions.
My artist training began with favorite pages in Berenstain Bears books (Sister Bear’s kindergarten room jumps to mind). For me, art is the best combination of curiosity, story and beauty so a picture book’s pages are a logical place for that love to start. I’ve never lost that early love, in fact I followed it all the way to selecting my path through school. Art and English Literature were my majors in university. All that time, I wavered in between my two loves until one day, standing on a floor covered with paint stains and charcoal dust, I realized that I could have story and paint if I combined them on a canvas.
Contemporary impressionism is the best way to sum up my style of painting. It is based on the work of the impressionists, but takes inspiration from the romantics and also more more modern artists like Lisa L Cyr, Pam Carricker, Robert Burridge and Paul Gaugin. Click here to see examples of my people paintings, cityscapes and my flights of fancy.
My paintings are imaginative people stories, full of light and color. I take my own photos, change the color, omit the details that don’t interest me, add some spontaneity and a few things that only exist in my imagination. When I get to the end, the painting tells the story of a moment. I also take time to create custom paintings with client’s memories and photos. If you want to know how it all worked out you can take a peek at my reviews.
My palette and materials are chosen with great care. The paints are lightfast, artist quality acrylics, which means that they will not fade, or change color like inexpensive paint colors. I use 10 oz pre-primed cotton canvas, professionally stretched over museum depth kiln-dried bars. The kiln dried wood resists warping, and the museum depth allows the paintings to be hung in the contemporary style without a frame. My papers include 140lb watercolor paper, 100 lb mixed media papers, and hot pressed bristol, all of which are acid free and resist buckling, wrinkling and accept the acrylic paints beautifully.
To see how it all comes together, stop by and visit my shop.