Laura Guese is known for her large-scale atmospheric paintings that reflect the emotional, therapeutic qualities of the sky. Laura’s work can be found in public collections that include Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, CO, Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO, National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, Le Méridien Hotel in Denver, CO, Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, WI, and Texas State University in Round Rock, TX.
Laura was awarded artist residencies with the Ucross Foundation of Clearmont, Wyoming, Jentel Artist Residency Program of Banner, Wyoming, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming and Centre d’art CAMAC in Marnay-sur-seine, France.
She has spent time painting in France, the Lesser Antilles, and the western United States. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in French from Saint Mary’s College of California. Laura was born in Denver, Colorado, where she currently lives and works.
In this hectic, fast-paced world, I search for simple moments of peace. I am infinitely intrigued by the idea of being away from it all, lost in a place of hopeful tranquility. For this reason, I am inspired to paint surreal skies viewed at higher elevations. I envision the viewer in a more peaceful dreamlike setting, away from worries and anxieties to a landscape of brilliance and promise. My paintings are places of my imagination. I find my work the most honest and authentic when I create from a feeling or an image in my mind’s eye.
Many of my paintings contain building thunderheads viewed at higher atmospheric levels, surreal and fortress-like. My work embodies the concept of “castles in the sky,” or striving toward the impossible. The clouds have sharp edges similar to the harsh exteriors of castles, yet they still evoke a certain cloudy softness and luminescence. I’m captivated by the idea of attempting the impossible because I believe anything is truly possible. It is through my paintings I wish to pass on to the viewer a moment of hope, serenity and meditation.