Chateau Orquevaux Artist Residency

By laura / February 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Chateau Orquevaux Artist Residency

Chateau Orquevaux is located in the heart of the French countryside. The majority of my stay will be at Chateau Orquevaux, which is located in the Champaign region of France.  After nearly four hours of driving from Charles de Gaulle, I pull up to the chateau just in time to attend the champaign reception.  This…

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Charles de Gaulle International Airport

By laura / February 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Charles de Gaulle International Airport

Mid-morning fog welcomed me to Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. After exiting the aircraft, I follow my fellow passengers to baggage claim.  Next, I follow the signs which direct me toward my rental car.  Hopefully I wasn’t tricked into any unnecessary upgrades due to the language barrier.  The language barrier is real…

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International Travel Through France

By laura / February 15, 2022 / Comments Off on International Travel Through France

International travel looks different than it used to. Luckily, it’s not that different.  International travel requirements seem to change on a daily basis so it’s important for me to focus elsewhere.  My travel journal is a documentation of my personal experiences through the French countryside and beyond. My parents hug me good-bye after we pull…

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Solo Travel Through France

By laura / February 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Solo Travel Through France

My solo travel adventures through France begin today. Chateau Orquevaux is the final destination for today, but a lot will happen between then and now. It’s important for me to begin this travel journal with a grateful heart.  This solo travel experience wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the support of my incredible family,…

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Mundane Days Inspire Photography Project

By laura / January 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Mundane Days Inspire Photography Project

Always carrying my camera results in capturing inspiration when it hits. Art can be created anytime and anywhere even on the most mundane days.  When I’m in the present moment, I notice subtleties overlooked by the casual observer. This is what I love most about creativity, it hits when you least expect it.  I thrive…

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Abstract Paintings By Midwest Artist

By laura / December 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Abstract Paintings By Midwest Artist

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 / Comments Off on Leica M6 35mm Film Camera

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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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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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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Wisconsin Artist Ken Voigt

By laura / July 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Wisconsin Artist Ken Voigt

This is the story of how Ken Voigt of Freedom Ink became a Wisconsin artist. Decades ago, Ken was working with a local printer when he was exposed to a degreasing solvent.  This exposure caused damage to his central nervous system resulting in tremors.  After rounds of various medications, Ken experienced memory lose resembling amnesia. …

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