Laura Noel is an abstract artist and singer/songwriter based out of Vallejo, California. She grew up in the rainy, verdant lands of the Pacific Northwest, where she credits the poor weather and seasonal darkness to developing a strong sense of creativity and imagination. An undeniable influence from her youth spent in Washington State is evident in her work, as many of her paintings favor rich earth tones, moss-like forms, and evoke a feeling of forests. Laura migrated to California in the early 2000’s to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she earned a BFA with an emphasis in Animation.
Laura is a passionate and prolific painter. Her medium of choice is acrylic paint, although she does many free-flow colored pencil drawings as well. Her style tends towards abstract expressionism, although she also dabbles with more surreal and illustrative art. Her colored pencil works have often been described as “psychedelic”, and the artist describes the process of creating them as a form of meditation. She never has a plan when she does those type of drawings-they are done in the moment and as a stream of consciousness- generally completed in one long session.
Like many artists of her generation, Laura has often had to balance a “day job” with her pursuit of art. She has done a little bit of everything, but has never stopped creating. Her current balance involves fulfilling freelance work that allows more time than ever to paint! Laura has been recognized for her talent through several high profile public art projects. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the Vallejo Downtown Window Art Project. The goal of this yearly installation is to fill downtown Vallejo’s empty storefronts with art to bring more life and culture to the downtown and encourage new businesses to move in. In 2015 she was selected to paint a utility box in downtown Vallejo as part of a participatory budgeting grant. That same year she was also selected to paint one of the well known “Hearts” sculptures in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraiser.
When not painting, Laura can often be found playing guitar, crafting quirky electronic music on her computer, enjoying nature, or driving around in her one of a kind customized Toyota Corolla art car, “The EcheVariAble”.