Here’s a little bit about the curator of the show! Meet Laura Johnson, whose work you will also see at the show. A fifth generation Austinite (her great, great grandfather’s story of his immigration from Sweden can be found on the Deep Eddy Mural), Laura works in Austin and paints in both Austin and Santa Fe. A multi-faceted woman with a Bachelor degree in Studio Art and a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies, she dedicates herself to a painting practice, birding, gardening, curating shows, and a clinical practice assisting families seeking to adopt. She even helped establish Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery with her brother.
Laura’s preferred medium is watercolor. She paints birds that kindle her interest while birding, a practice she’s maintained for 20 years. She also paints flowers and plants from the garden she’s cultivated at home. She’s studied birds and their migration habits for so long that it’s become a huge part of her life, and she paints what she knows. She mentioned that every birder has a “spark bird,” which is the bird that sparks your interest and gets you into birding. Her spark bird was the Cedar Waxwing, but she paints many other birds, owls, and flowers as well.
The idea behind “Women of WEST go East” is to further represent the women in the tour who have stand-alone studios. With the West Austin Studio Tour being so spread out, it’s harder for artists with stand-alone stops to gain traffic, so this pop-up show helps create unity and support between these independent and unique women. We invite you to warm up for WEST with Women of WEST go East at Cloud Tree Studio & Gallery on May 3rd, featuring a great group of killer female artists!
To learn more about curator and artist Laura Johnson, visit her website.