Laura Berendsen Hughes is an acrylic painter working in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She paints dramatic, monumental silhouettes that balance initial spontaneity with the maturity of many layers of washes, impastos and line work. She has a BFA in sculpture from UNC - Chapel Hill and has worked as a professional graphic designer for many years. She uses her graphic design skills as an integral part of the process of creating initial compositions as well as adding final twists and turns.
I remember obsessively drawing horses as a child. When I began to paint again I quickly reclaimed them as a subject. I enjoy their dramatic, monumental silhouettes but I attempt to portray them without sentimentality or such things as romantic flowing manes and tails. I begin with abstract under paintings and use these to provide marks and color passages that I then choose to keep or remove.
You're invited to see my work at LauraHughesPaintings.com.