Originally from Victoria B.C. Laura now lives in the North Okanagan of British Columbia. Laura has a diploma with distinction from the London Art College in Botanical Painting, as well as a diploma from the U.K. Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in Botanical Painting. In 2015 Laura was accepted into the Botanical Artists of Canada.

Laura’s love for animals and wildlife inspired her to start creating wildlife portraits after receiving her training as a botanical artist. All of Laura’s illustrations are created in watercolour.

“I express my passion and love for the natural world through my paintings. Nature is ever evolving and changing, much like our own lives. Life itself would not survive without the intricate cycles of nature, which today are often taken for granted. My calling as an artist is to capture the beauty and diversity of nature in watercolour and connect people with the fascinating and often fragile world of plants and animals. My paintings highlight the details that make each different species so unique”.

“Nature has always been my inspiration, and from a young age I have had a keen interest in botany and animals. I have had the opportunity to go on rare plants surveys with some of the top botanists in the country. I really enjoy learning and identifying native plants as well as more popular garden varieties.”

“One of the highlights of my youth was being able to assist with wildlife rescues in Victoria B.C and raising many successful rescue animals myself. Having such close contact with a variety of animals inspired me to use my botanical painting training to also create wildlife watercolour portraits.”

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