Artist Spotlight: Laurie Meyer May 16 2013

"Homage to Sargent" 16x20   "St. Marks Square Music" 16x20  Laurie Meyer

“I am thankful to be blessed with the opportunity to do something I love. Painting has been part of me since I was a child and I still live for the artistic journey. I love rich color and textural strokes painted with gesture and spontaneity. I seek interesting designs with playful shadow structures in my street scenes and rich natural colors in my landscapes. Capturing light is a challenge and a thrill. Painting “en plein air," nature's studio, is a luxury and a great teacher, but weather and time constraints mean I also paint in the indoor studio. Either way, my challenge is to interpret what I see and express it in my unique style.”

Laurie Meyer has lived and painted in Charleston, SC for over thirty years. Following careers in education and corporate sales, Laurie devoted her life to her first love – painting. Life in Charleston has provided Laurie with countless subjects and rich inspiration for her award winning paintings. Her frequent travels have also given her varied and interesting ideas for many of her works. Laurie teaches private lessons in her studio and has taken students to Italy, San Miguel, and will be teaching a plein air workshop in Santorini, Greece in October. 

In Charleston, you meet Laurie Meyer in person at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition from May 24 through June 8 at Marion Square. Her booth is located on Meeting Street near the Embassy Suites.  In the recent years, she was awarded both First Place and Second Place awards in the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.  

Laurier paints with rich color and broad “brushy” strokes and palette knife to express the unique and recognizable softness in her work. Art has also played a role in community involvement for Laurie. She is a member of the Charleston Artists Guild. Laurie also served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association and originated the Art of Alzheimer’s exhibit, now under the auspices of the Charleston Artist Guild. Laurie is past Program Director and past Director of Artistic Growth for the Charleston Artist Guild.  She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Charleston Outdoor Painters Association, the SC Watercolor Association, and the Portrait Society of America. 

Her work is on display at Hagan Fine Art Gallery in downtown Charleston, SC, also at the Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, at I. Pickney Simmons Gallery in Beaufort, SC, and the City Art Gallery in Greenvile, SC. 

Laurie's paintings are also available on her website: