Abstract Paintings By Midwest Artist

By laura / December 29, 2021 /

The process starts with abstract paintings. After fifteen years, I dust off my paints and brushes.  It feels natural to paint again.  With a minimal palette, I layer and blend oil paint into abstract paintings. Ironically, inspiration for my paintings comes from photography produced in the darkroom.  My creative process cycles through my favorite mediums,…

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Leica M6 35mm Film Camera

By laura / December 22, 2021 /

German engineering attracted me to Leica and convinced me to buy a Leica M6. My Leica M6 never disappoints.  This 35mm rangefinder film camera helps me get back to the basics of why I fell in love with photography in the first place. My goal as an artist is to teach you how to see.…

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Fine Art Photography Degree Is Not A Waste

By laura / December 15, 2021 /

Negative comments about my useless fine art photography degree are nonstop. “Why would you be interested in learning about film photography when it’s on the brink of extinction?” they ask.  This is a question I hear and contemplate nearly every day. Twenty years later, I’m still photographing film. I love it as much as I…

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Dreaded Life Question

By laura / October 20, 2021 /

Three years ago I wrote about my dreaded life question. What do I want to be when I grow up? I realized the importance of that original blog post while attempting to edit it.  That post is part of my story and I can’t change it, so why try.  After reflecting on how far I’ve…

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Travel Oberammergau Germany

By laura / September 29, 2021 /

Travel Oberammergau through the eyes of an artist photographer. I am fortunate to have the opportunities to travel the United States and beyond.  The world is a beautiful place.  While each of us sees it a little differently because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Travel Oberammergau with me and notice details overlooked…

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Van Gogh Exhibit in Milwaukee

By laura / September 15, 2021 /

We visited the Van Gogh exhibit in Milwaukee during our summer vacation. I hope to attend Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience again, but this time it will be alone.  And, let me tell you why… Family vacations aren’t really vacations at all when you have young children. They’re not relaxing as one might believe…

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Amsterdam Fine Art Photography

By laura / September 8, 2021 /

Amsterdam Fine Art Photography Bicycles surround me, weaving in and out of traffic.  Boats tour the historic canals.  Amsterdam is known for the red-light district and cannabis coffee shops.  Endless opportunities for a fine art photographer. I wander into this flower shop and gaze at the bouquets of color surrounding me.  Inspiration hits hard.  It’s…

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Adventures on the Farm at Cristo Rey Ranch

By laura / August 28, 2021 /

Photographing Adventures on the Farm at Cristo Rey Ranch is rewarding work. I attend this event with my children each year.  When I was asked to document Adventures on the Farm through my lens, I happily obliged.  As a freelance photographer, it’s fulfilling to accept jobs that feel right and declining those that don’t.  Clearly,…

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Mount Pilatus Lucerne Switzerland

By laura / July 29, 2021 /

Riding the gondola toward the peak of Mount Pilatus resembles my life. Anticipation isn’t the only thing that rises as we near the summit of Mount Pilatus.  The fog becomes dense, resulting in little to no visibility. I traveled Switzerland thirteen years ago.  Hence, photographing fog for over a decade.  But it wasn’t until recently…

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Galena Illinois Hot Air Balloon Ride

By laura / July 28, 2021 /

13 years ago, I surprised my newlywed husband with a hot air balloon ride in Galena, Illinois. A mini-honeymoon road trip led us to Galena, Illinois in 2008.  We knew we’d stop in the small town, therefore, I booked a hot air balloon ride.  This was a new adventure for both of us. The process…

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