Laura Nugent, "Peach Stripe Small," Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 8 in., $300


I begin each painting with a restrained idea of what its palette could be. This initial thought never plays out beyond the “first draft.” My practice becomes one of altering the color relationship as each work develops. Making these adjustments, big and small, is part of the process: changing one thing, regardless of scale, results in the need to reconsider almost everything else. I challenge my own biases with my decisions, and seek to take a new route with my chromatic choices. Accomplishing a painting is not a straight path. It is a meandering and sometimes stubborn operation that takes its own time. A protagonist may step forward to communicate the story. For my work, color is that main character. It is the champion that moves compositions forward and appreciates viewers from a range of distances. The up-close and personal experience reveals a rough topography - evidence of the many layers it took to “get it right.” A more distant observer enjoys glowing hues and muted tones, working together to challenge and reward.

Laura Nugent, "You Don't Just Stumble Into Beauty," Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in., $5,200

Laura Nugent, "Magnolias in Our Garden," Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in., $5,200

Laura Nugent, "Water's Reality," Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 40 in., $2,600

Laura Nugent, "Incidental Dream," Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 48 in., $3,700

Laura Nugent, "Finely Fragile," Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 40 in., $1,800