Blog Log: Laurel Tree, by Laura Keyser
By Joy Davis For The Sun February 13, 2013 4:44PM
Laura Keyser comes from a family of artists. Keyser grew up painting, just as her sister, father and grandfather did. Now at the age of 49, Keyser continues her work and shares it on her blog From the Laurel Tree. | Submitted
Updated: March 16, 2013 6:14AM
Laura Keyser comes from a family of artists. Keyser grew up painting, just as her sister, father and grandfather did. Now at the age of 49, Keyser continues her work and shares it on her blog, From the Laurel Tree.
Though Keyser has lived in Naperville for the past 15 years, she grew up in Philadelphia. The history there was an early inspiration for Keyser, but her true calling comes from the ideas of nature, religion and philosophy. Much of Keyser’s recent work stems from a love of ancient Rome and classical Greece.
“In Roman mythology the themes of nature, religion and philosophy are beautifully and inextricably woven,” Keyser said. “These stories are timeless and can be understood on many levels. This is an endless source of material for an artist!”
From the Laurel Tree displays Keyser’s works, which range from acrylic paintings to 3D pieces that use objects she’s found to create texture.
Readers also can get a glimpse into the mind of an artist. Keyser writes about her inspiration and thought process during creation.
“While an artist always hopes that the image is enough to express the emotion one wishes to convey, I think that knowing the circumstances as to what caused the art to be created is interesting,” Keyser said.
The explanation of Keyser’s thought process is a captivating part of From the Laurel Tree. In a recent post, Keyser was influenced by an Emily Dickinson poem about hope. Keyser contemplated what hope meant to her in the past and present, allowing readers to better understand her accompanied painting.
To find out more about Keyser’s creative process and to see her work, read her blog at lauraslaureltree.blogspot.com.
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