ARTIST'S PERSONAL STATEMENT
  My paintings are meant to trigger daydreams. They are a response to quiet moments spent in nature's grasp. Recalling a familiar feeling of place they, at the same time, show the viewer a more intimate, exaggerated perspective. I call it a bug's eye view. Through my work I try to evoke a refreshing response to the commonplace.
     To best evolve creatively I immerse myself in a particular subject. Becoming at one with the total environment, I engage all my senses, rejoicing in the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of a given place.
     As a result, my watercolors, and now egg temperas, have traveled through a variety of subject themes: from flowers, to birch, to the Alaskan tundra, from the ocean's edge, upstream to the Arizona desert. Whether it be pond lilies, rocks, or cactus I take a subject and crawl inside, exploring all aspects of pattern and shape.
ARTIST'S PERSONAL STATEMENT

My paintings are meant to trigger daydreams. They are a response to quiet moments spent in nature's grasp. Recalling a familiar feeling of place they, at the same time, show the viewer a more intimate, exaggerated perspective. I call it a bug's eye view. Through my work I try to evoke a refreshing response to the commonplace.
To best evolve creatively I immerse myself in a particular subject. Becoming at one with the total environment, I engage all my senses, rejoicing in the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of a given place.
As a result, my watercolors, and now egg temperas, have traveled through a variety of subject themes: from flowers, to birch, to the Alaskan tundra, from the ocean's edge, upstream to the Arizona desert. Whether it be pond lilies, rocks, or cactus I take a subject and crawl inside, exploring all aspects of pattern and shape.

ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY

 

     Laura J. Eden was born in Hartford Ct in 1958. She has been passionate about her art since she was a small child. Art is in her roots.  Laura’s grandmother, Louise Powers Slayden, was an accomplished artist in her own right. Laura had the good fortune to study privately with her spending summers in her Old Saybrook studio painting furiously. Laura went to Watkinson School for high school which nurtured her artistic talents and allowed her to achieve 15 college credits from the Hartford Art School while still in high school. She then studied art at Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut, receiving her BFA from UCONN in 1980.  After college Laura taught art at Watkinson School and took graduate courses at the Hartford Art School during that time. She has been a full time artist ever since.

 

    Laura has been the recipient of various awards beginning early on in college receiving “The Most Promising Freshmen Artist Award” from Syracuse University. She has been a member, board member and award recipient of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and a past member of the Connecticut Women Artists. She is currently an elected member and board member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, and a member and past president of the Granby Artists Association.

 

    Laura has been in dozens of solo and group exhibitions. Her work can be found  in numerous corporate collections including Otis Elevator, United Technologies Corporate, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna Life and Casualty , Cigna and the Travelers Insurance to name a few. Her work has been collected by over 1000 private and corporate collectors throughout the US and abroad. Laura is currently represented by Trees Place Gallery, Orleans MA  and Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and Camden, ME

 

    After being a watercolorist for 22 years Laura switched mediums to egg tempera in 2002. Her intimate, detailed view of nature lends itself perfectly to this medium.

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

1981-1991                 Arts Exclusive Gallery, Avon, CT

1985-1993                 Tree's Place, Orleans, MA

1989                        Asao Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA

1991-1992                 Tatler/Wexford Galleries, Hilton Head, SC

1991-1997                 Studio Gallery, Bloomfield, CT

1993-1994                 Carrier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1994-1996                 Damarin Gallery, Wiscasset, ME

1996-1997                 Hartford Framing Gallery, East Hartford CT

1998-1999                 Tofias Gallery, Waltham, MA

1996-2005                 Sea Lion Gallery, Homer, AK

1997-2009                 State Of The Arts, Hartford, CT

1997-2000                          Studio Gallery, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon CT

2000-present             Home Studio/Gallery, Granby, CT

2002-present              Jennifer Galleries, Ltd, Avon CT

2002-present              J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art, Granby, CT

2004-present              Tree’s Place, Orleans MA

2005-present                Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and Camden, ME

2008- 2009                Left Bank Gallery, Essex CT

2010-Present              Stony Creek Gallery, Branford, CT

2010-present              Gallery Northstar, Grafton, VT

 

SELECTED AWARDS

1977                        Syracuse University: Most Promising Freshman Artist

1979                        University of Connecticut: Witryol Award / Studio Art

1980                        University of Connecticut: Snow Award for Watercolor

1983                        Connecticut Watercolor Society: First Place

1991                        Connecticut Women Artists: Mechanics Bank Award

1992                        Wintonbury Art League: Watercolor Award

1996                                     Connecticut Watercolor Society: Second Place

2006                        Comier Award, Granby’s Natural Landscape GLT show

2007                        Connecticut Plein Air Painters,  Honorable Mention

2009                        Orluk Award, Granby Land Trust Show

 

RECENT SHOWS

2006                        Seven Egg Tempera Masters, Trees Place Orleans MA

2006 ,’07,’08,’09        Granby Land Trust Juried Show, Granby CT

2007                        Lay of the Land, Three Visions of New England,

          Bayview Gallery, Brunswick ME

2007,’08,’09              Connecticut Plein Air Painters Show, East Hartford CT

2007                        New Britian Museum of American Art Juried Show

2009                         Her Mark: Paintings by our Women Artists, Bayview Gallery

2010                         Group show , Stony Creek Gallery

SELECTED CORPORATE/PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aetna Life and Casualty                             Kaiser Permanente

American Nuclear Insurers                          Kidder Peabody & Co.

Connecticut Bank and Trust                        Otis Elevator

Connecticut General/CIGNA                        Peoples Savings Bank

Connecticut National Bank                          Robinson and Cole

Connecticut Mutual Insurance                      Ryan and White

Danaher, O'Connell, Attmore,                      Scolers Restaurant

          Tedford and Flaherty PC                    Shawmut Bank

Covenant Life Insurance Co.                        Simsbury Public Library

Day, Berry and Howard                                              Stanadyne Inc.

Farmington Savings Bank                           Travelers Insurance, 

Hartford Hospital                             (Christmas Card 1982, 84)

Home Bank and Trust                                 United Bank

Hunt and Leibert                                        United Technologies Corporate

                                                                   TheWatkinson School

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

1983-2004                                Connecticut Watercolor Society

1993-1999                                 Connecticut Woman Artists

2002-present                              Granby Artist’s Association

2007-present                              Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society,

                                                       Elected Artist

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

1984-1985                 Creative Arts Advisory Board, Watkinson School

1985-2001                 Board Member, Connecticut Watercolor Society

1986-1987                 Vice President, Connecticut Watercolor Society

1988-1994                 Alumni Recognition Board, Watkinson School

1997-2001                 Secretary, Connecticut Watercolor Society

2003-2005                 Webmaster Granby Artists Association

2006-2007                 President Granby Artists Association

2008-present              Board Member, CT Plein Air Painters So.

2009-present              Treasurer  and Membership Chair

Laura J. Eden
 
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