Laura White is an Australian realist artist specialising in still life and nature-inspired oil paintings. Originally from Argentina, White moved to Australia as a child. Her paintings illustrate vivid images of clarity and life-like quality which subsequently necessitate the need for considerable observation of the brush work. Her love for both food and the garden greatly influences the realist and botanical subject matters which she prefers. White employs the ‘flemish’ techniques of the Dutch Masters and uses multiple layering methods and translucent glazes to achieve depth and texture in her work. Her main motivation is to portray the inherent beauty she sees in everyday life, capturing colour, light and texture to produce artworks that speak to the senses.
After an unfulfilling period studying interior design, White’s first steps in oil painting were largely self-guided and driven by curiosity and experimentation, after which she began studying at Petruccelli Art Studio in 2015 in Upper Beaconsfield. Here, where she began developing the depth of her creative license. White now paints full time from her studio in Berwick, providing work to exhibit both locally and interstate with subsequent sales being made both within Australia and internationally.
“I am inspired by the everyday items usually taken for granted. My aim is to engage the viewer not only with their sense of sight, but also that of touch, taste and smell. Since starting to paint, I find myself “looking” at things with a greater intensity; truly looking at the colours, textures, contrasts, reflections and hues. I hope that by capturing this, I force the individual to stop and take a minute to see things through my eyes. This is what I strive to share with my viewer.”