Cloud Nine: Laura Guese Builds Castles In The Sky

Laura Guese loves the few seconds when the sky becomes full of infinite color and energy. In her artwork, she strives to capture the emotional, therapeutic qualities of the heavens above. As the Denver Post art critic wrote, “The sky may be her limit, but there is plenty of room up there to have some fun.“

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Staring out the window never fails to provide me with endless inspiration.

Walk us through creating a piece. How does the magic happen?

I usually start a painting with just an image in my mind’s eye. I don’t work from any reference materials other than my memory. I find my work the most honest when I create from memories and feelings. I use oil on canvas with simple brushes. I don’t really sketch anything out beforehand. I just dive right in and start painting. Depending on the size of a painting, it will take me anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to complete.

Has your style evolved over the years?

My style has changed over the years in that it has become a bit more abstract as I focus on the shapes and forms within clouds. It is fun to see where my work takes me. I am always surprised at how my work changes. It is never a premeditated thing.

What are your favorite activities outside of painting?

When I’m not painting, I love to take advantage of my native state of Colorado by skiing any free weekend I have. I love spending time with my friends and family. I also love practicing yoga and traveling to places I’ve never been. I’m always seeking new inspiration.

Your studio is beautiful. Can you tell us about the space?

I absolutely love my studio. It’s my sanctuary. It is located in an old soda factory building that has been repurposed into about 30 artist studios. It has really large windows that allow me to watch the clouds build and drift out my window all day. It’s very inspiring. I keep my studio pretty clean by most artists’ standards and I love listening to music while I work. I try to select music that is complementary to the type of emotion I am striving to evoke through my painting.

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Check out more of Laura’s work on UGallery. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.