A native Long Islander, Laura Westlake is essentially a self-taught artist, drawing and painting since the age of four. Her love of nature and the outdoors has always been the inspiration for her work.
Laura studied at Santa Barbara City College and The School of Visual Arts which led her to a career as a commercial illustrator, working for clients in television, magazines and book illustration. She later turned her focus back to the fine arts and has been exhibiting her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States for 25 years.
With color pencils she recreates the rich colors and moods of still lives and landscapes through a slow layering process, with some works taking up to 100 hours to complete. Her color pencil "paintings" are an expression of her desire to create beautiful pure images of favorite subjects.
As a hobby Laura is a wildlife rehabilitator and holds Federal and NYS licenses for the rehabilitation of migratory birds. Often she will incorporate these birds into her paintings, which have now become her trademark.