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Laurie Steen

My relationship with the English landscape is very sensory, leading me to approach nature drawings as I would a portrait, where time and space enter the work in the form of layers. The trees here seem to emit a silence and light, and have an unmeasurable desire to be.

Laurie in studio

Raised in Millarville, Alberta. Laurie grew up with a deep understanding of and respect for nature; specifically the relationships we as human beings have with it. A purist in many ways, Laurie’s drawings area as emotional as they are intellectual.

After studying fine arts at the University of Calgary, Laurie graduated with an Honours BID and thesis prize from the University of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Architecture in 1993, where she also taught sketch camps and drawing classes.  A complement to the fact that she has been drawing throughout her life and that drawing remains the genesis of her work today.   Laurie has also been involved in leading specialised adult drawing workshops with organisations like Dartmoor Arts and has also recently helped to found and run with a partner,  an Art and Forest School for children during school breaks.

I have been drawing shadows of trees in my garden since I was a teenager.  I think this was perhaps  the beginning of my need to make.  Looking back it was about capturing the fleeting nature of trees,  positive and negative spaces and forms in the landscape.   It helped me understand the need to focus less on the recognition of an image and allow the energy and spontaneity of process to become celebrated.   I tend to call all of my work drawings even though most of them are mixed media or oil paintings, mostly because the genesis of each piece begins and ends with drawing. My motivation has always been my belief in drawing and the act of finding my own figuration.  The process of which is at the very centre of how I work.  Drawing to me is simply about having a love for making an image, with the image in turn feeling truer to me than the real thing.   I seek to make drawings that embrace and demonstrate a subtle stillness and movement in life, through themes exploring nature, the portrait and the fleeting landscape.

Laurie has been a part of many solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Switzerland, and England including collaborating on interdisciplinary, performance and design based projects.  During the past year Laurie has shown at the Royal West of England Academy, the London AAF, the Mall Galleries, Badcocks Gallery, and CCANW.

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Upcoming Courses

May 2019

£395 – £650

Drawing with Laurie Steen – Ignite your intuition

Tutor: Laurie Steen
May 19 @ 5:00 pm - May 24 @ 2:00 pm

Let your drawing medium guide your creativity…our objective for the week will be to draw without inhibition;  with conviction, and to push the boundaries of our own practice; leaving the course with an idea of how to begin.   By using the power of play, we will focus on finding and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability. Through discussion, testing and play, with a variety of drawing mediums (ink, charcoal, graphite..) and surfaces, and using both…

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October 2019

£280 – £455

Drawing Weekend with Laurie Steen RWA

Tutor: Laurie Steen
October 31 @ 5:00 pm - November 3 @ 2:00 pm
Laurie Steen As I remember it home drawing 15-14

This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums.  The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us.  We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and mark making media while focusing on the natural series of changes that come with pushing the boundaries of our own drawing methods. Thus leading…

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