After a live painting session in Elkin, NC (photo credit Lauren Trotman)
After live painting Annabelle’s Curse in Elkin, NC. See how happy this makes me?! Photo credit: Lauren Kilbourne

Hi there, Laura here. You can call me LaMB if you want to (my painting name comes from my initials). I can’t remember when I wasn’t drawing or painting. I blame that on Mom and Dad. Just kidding. I am most grateful to my parents, who have always encouraged my artistic endeavors. And it’s a good thing, too, because socializing hasn’t always been my strong suit. I can remember hiding from my classmates conversing on the other side of bookshelves, as I took notes about social interaction–I wanted to learn how!!–during free time at school. Later I would record what I experienced through sketches and drawings. I am fascinated by human emotion and expression and enjoy watching interactions among humans. Now I get to paint this so it seems less creepy. (Or so I tell myself.) (Did I mention I’m an only child?) The good news is, I now love engaging with people. I don’t know if it’s all the live painting, the studies I took, or all my odd jobs (read on).

After growing up in the town of Abingdon–a small artistic and cultural haven in rural Virginia–I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William & Mary in Psychology, just short of a Fine Arts minor, minoring instead in Philosophy.  I moved back to Abingdon, VA in 2011 and have worked for several local start-ups, small businesses, and a non-profit. I’ve worn so many hats while working on my art on the side: fine dining salesperson (that’s waitress to you), ghostwriter, editor, amateur graphic designer and photographer, events planner, facebook paparazzi, social media manager, personal assistant, guest speaker, etc., etc.

I had the privilege of teaching elementary art for seven weeks in Spring 2015 as a substitute teacher, and fell in love with it! This delightful opportunity allowed me the means to afford a summer off. I took the offer of a scholarship to go to Penland School of Crafts as a studio assistant for a summer session. Even more exciting, I hiked from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia all the way home to Virginia in Summer 2015. Ever since, I have this renewed sense that I can do anything! (Also my friends Annabelle’s Curse have been asking me to come out and paint their live music shows since 2014, so I get to do that too! And if you haven’t checked them out yet, do it while you can still see their shows regionally. They are blowing up!!)

Post trail, I am now a full-time artist; my work is evolving and expanding rapidly and so is my demand! It’s so exciting! If you’re interested in booking a live painting event or just checking out my work, you’ve come to the right place. Sign up for my newsletter, follow the blog, or add me as a friend on facebook or follow me on instagram so you can watch me grow on my spiritual, artistic, visionary journey! I’ve mapped out a few really cool places to stop along the way. More on that soon. Glad to have you along for the ride. :-)