Today we feature one of our newer artists at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, talented artist Laurie Meseroll. Her Furr Ball Print pictured here to the left, is one of our new prints this summer. A sly looking black and white cat plays with a pink flowery cat toy. Set is a slightly distressed, black wood frame, this print features a beautiful textured finish. Proudly made in the USA, the cat’s eyes will surely be an attention-getter on any wall of your home. As part of our American made promotion this summer, the Furr Ball Print is now on sale for only $69.95.
Laurie Meseroll has come to achieve a very unique style over the years and has made a name for herself in the folk art world. Her folk art is considered “non-traditional,” in that there is a depth to her paintings not always seen in this art genre. For example in the print to the left, the cat is personified in such a way that you feel he/she is actually watching you. The painting also resembles a school or at home art project; witnessing the hand drawn pencil lines on top of old newspaper. Laurie uses a variety of mediums to garner her distinctive look. Such as: essentially altered acrylics, blood orange cold finishing wax, lavender rice paste and a cold process brush soap; just to name a few. The creativity seen in both her processes and end result, categorize her artwork as ‘folk art media paintings.’
Growing up she loved to paint and understood her true interest for art. Laurie however explored other avenues before settling into the full time artist that she is today. She was trained both as a sculptor and an architect; working on commission architecture projects during the 1990’s. Her art today is influenced by many passions. In addition to painting, she loves to write and has a love for food and travel. Laurie has been features in Where Women Create and PRIMS Magazines. Last year she even taught workshops at The Creative Connection Event 2011; a national conference that raises awareness on empowering women creativity. She shared her knowledge on “Studio Alchemy – Handmade Studio Art” and led a class on “The Poetic Painter.” Students and artists learned how to use poetry as a means for composing lyrical mixed media paintings. Laurie’s abilities to paint for both the soul and the eyes, to create characters and stories that offer stillness and reflection, are appreciated and highly recognized in the modern art world. Laurie now lives and works in Ohio.