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Let it be known that Laura Smith is an oil and acrylic artist simply loved by us at DACO. She’s a long time user of our Fine Detail and Clarity brushes and we very much like her and her art. So it only felt natural to start our artist profile blog series with her, interview style.
This short interview highlights some very interesting things about Laura and her artistic journey and we think at least some of them will feel relatable to you. Tell us what you think in the comments section of our blog.
Laura, tell us a little about yourself
“I was born and raised in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I'm a mother to one boy and I work full time in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, painting is something I do on the side. I love camping, stargazing and any place that is dark & silent. I’m very much an introvert. I learned everything I know about painting by watching Bob Ross and Feliks Kaparchuk (@colorbyfeliks) on YouTube and by practicing a LOT.”
How did you start your artistic journey?
“I've always been crafty and doodled a lot as a child, but my real artistic journey didn't begin until November 2017 when I decided to paint an outer space scene for my son (he loves all things SPACE!). I quickly realized how relaxing and therapeutic it was. As someone with Tourette’s Syndrome (and anxiety from it), painting became a coping mechanism for me.”
Do you ever get in a creative rut? How do you get out?
“Yes I do and it happens to me often. Collaborating with other artists helps me get out of that rut. Tossing around new ideas, getting to know them & learning from them, it’s all very inspiring. If I don’t have someone to collaborate with, I try something completely different from what I normally do.. like a new medium, a new style, or topic. I’ve recently started painting portraits because I’ve been so bored with landscapes lately!”
How did you find your personal style?
“I think I’m still finding ‘my style’. I may never settle! But what you see as my style now, came from experimenting until it just happened naturally. It’s not something you can force. I think to find your own style you need to find something that speaks to you, something that makes you excited to paint. Painting things that inspire you will resonate with the people around you. They will feel that vibe.”
Favorite DACO product and why
"My favorite DACO product is the Clarity Art Brushes Set. It’s versatile and I can use the brushes with any medium I want. They’re durable too, that’s my favorite thing about them. I’m pretty rough with my paintbrushes and I typically have to replace mine every few months, but these last so much longer. They’re soft but springy and I just love them."
What advice would you give to a beginner artist?
"PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Challenge yourself to do better every single time you paint! And paint for yourself, not for everyone else."
Thank you, Laura!