Behind the Canvas: Laura Horn

Laura Horn is an Adelaide mother of two with a passion for art. From Acrylics to watercolours to oils and inks, there’s nothing that Laura hasn’t experimented with and boy are her artworks amazing!

With a bright and bubbly personality to match her creative pieces, it was our pleasure to sit down and see what’s going in the world of Laura Horn.

So Laura, tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, I’m Laura. I live in a beach-side suburb of Adelaide with my husband and our 2 children aged 3 and 8. I am very much a homebody and can happily spend days on end pottering around, painting in my studio, going for walks and drinking cups of tea.

When I start a painting I don’t have a fixed outcome in mind. I build up many layers, drawing inspiration from my surroundings; adding and subtracting until I feel an emotional connection with the canvas. The feelings and memories that a canvas evokes is what is most important to me.


When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist?

When I was growing up I loved drawing, painting and storytelling, but I honestly didn’t think I could make a living from these things. I shelved my creativity and worked in office administration for years. Children came along and as wonderful as it was, I felt a bit lost, like I could hardly remember who I was anymore. I wanted something just for me. I tried many things – cooking, blogging, gardening but nothing stuck until I picked up a paintbrush and started painting again. I don’t think I consciously decided I wanted to be an artist. What I did decide was that I wanted to spend my days doing something I love.


What materials do you use for your artwork​?

I’m all about experimentation so you will find many different art supplies scattered around my house and studio. When I discovered mixed media was a thing, my whole outlook changed. Painting became even more fun as I explored different combinations of supplies. The three supplies I couldn’t live without are acrylic paint, ink and oil pastels. I also love using unconventional tools to create interesting marks and textures. Think credit cards, skewers, corrugated cardboard, twigs… the opportunities are endless.


What is your favourite artwork that you have created?

I don’t think I have a favourite. I have to admit I’m a bit fickle! It depends on my mood. I am always falling in love with new things and I get really excited when my art takes a new direction. At the moment I am fascinated with abstract landscapes. I love the way that being in nature makes me feel and I enjoy the challenge of capturing that in my paintings.


Generally how long does it take to create each piece?

This varies a lot, anything from a day to years! Some paintings evolve quickly and are completed in one sitting; others have a much longer journey with many twists and turns. This used to frustrate me but I have learned to let each painting evolve in it’s own time. I usually work on many different pieces at once and that helps.


And tell us about your SALA exhibition later this August!

I’m very excited to be exhibiting at Local Crowd Cafe in Colonel Light Gardens for the month of August. I will be displaying my recent abstract work in my exhibition titled ‘Dream Chaser’. The paintings have been influenced by my own journey as an artist. I believe wholeheartedly in pursuing your passion. You don’t need to have all your ducks in a row. I certainly didn’t and I still don’t. Sometimes you just need to take that leap of faith and trust that you will find your way. If there’s one thing that I hope people take away from my exhibition, it’s that it is never too late to chase your dream!

Images provided by Laura Horn




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