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Laurie Blessen

"Music is the space between the notes" —Claude Debussy

I lost my home and found my voice as an artist.

Working in abstraction allows the fullest expression of my life. Prolific and driven to get out the complex emotions that words fail to express. I use colors to set the tone and lines the movement. Together they tell my narrative. 

Being sensitive is my biggest strength. I have a deep appreciation for the profound beauty of imperfection and vulnerability. I try to practice fearlessness.

Where do you dream of going? 

- Bali (when tourists aren’t there)
- Marrakesh, Morocco (with a friend)
- Jaipur, India (me only)

What artists influenced your work? 

Richard Diebenkorn, Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko

Name three things on your bucket list.

- Learn to scuba dive in majestic waters.
- Solo exhibition in distinguished gallery.
- Have my own art studio.

What was one of the best experiences of your life?

Learning  yoga with Rusty Wells. 

Biography

‘I look to color for my words’

Working in abstraction allows the fullest expression of my life. Prolific and driven to get out the complex emotions that words fail to express. I use colors to set the tone and lines the movement. Together they tell my narrative. 
The collections are a landscape abstraction of my thoughts and emotions from an aerial perspective. Applying layers of intense translucent color fields to create a poetic narrative as my visual diary. Random two words from my journal title the pieces to unite art and text for a cohesive message.


My work explores balances of complex with simple and intense color with black and whites. The forms appear as abstracted roads/landscapes/doors and windows. I layer to represent the totality of life. I include the dark times and messy places as a celebration of it all.


I do not set out to use these elements they appear as I work intuitively to express myself. I work fast enough to not let the thinking get in the way. I let the art do the magic. It’s only in hindsight I can appreciate this full richness of discovery. 

Laurie Blessen lives and works in San Francisco, California