Laurey Foulkes ~ artist


My art explores the relationship between the subconscious world and the natural landscape, and the magical realm that brings the two together. In my creative process I like to unveil the visual stuff that comes up in that liminal space between the waking world and the dreaming world, where images and experiences from both worlds come together to create a more powerful and meaningful narrative. More specifically my work draws upon reoccurring themes in my dreams that I find very significant,  and my own personal experiences connecting to nature that hold a deep place in my psyche. Sometimes I draw upon visual elements of alchemy and magic, making my work slightly hermetic, which only adds to the mysterious mood of my work.  


My creative process is very intuitive. I usually start off with a lot of sketching in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way just to hash out images and ideas until something speaks to me or is a strong idea. Sometimes I will try to realize it in a more complete drawing, but usually I go directly to painting. My final painting usually turns out quite different from the original idea because I enjoy getting lost in the world that I'm creating while painting. As I let my imagination take hold exploring the scene before me, new images emerge, as if I'm watching a real time cinematic moment of one of my dreams unfold in slow motion. At the same time I also try to resolve formal issues, like color, composition, and where the eye needs to focus. Sometimes I rely on visual references if I need to create a specific object, or look, but for the most part it all comes from within. I often like my work to have a feeling of anticipation, as if something magical is about to happen. Or a sense of longing and uncertainty, as if you are about to embark on a wondrous journey. 



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