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     Laura Larabee was raised on a farm overlooking the Mississippi River near Sabula, Iowa. She completed a double major in fine art and education from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. As an artist, Mrs. Larabee shows her work at art fairs, exhibitions, galleries and through commissions.

     Regional agriculture, people, and nature are all depicted in her oil paiintings as Mrs. Larabee paints them using minute detail and clarity.

     "I get my ideas from the everyday farm scenes that are so much a part of the Midwest. With my landscapes, I like to show not only the natural world, but the human influence as well. Many times I choose to show how landscapes are worked by humanity only to have it revert back to nature over time. I also portray animals as they coexist with humans and adapt to man-made surroundings. My subjects of people show their likewise close conncetion with nature, whether enjoying or working."

     After Mrs. Larabee has her idea, she takes many reference photos, sketches and notes, and some props if possible, back to her studio. She then composes the paintings using her references and her imagination by doing a to-scale drawing on paper, which she then transfers to a mahogany board. The colors are built up using thin layers of oil paint, working from rough, earth tone block shapes into a smooth, detailed surface. An average painting takes 60-100 hours over a span of two months to complete. 

Notable Awards:
Finalist in Agriculture Art Award, by IDALS and Iowa Arts Council
Finalist in The Artist's Magazine competition, Landscape division
Finalist in The Artist's Magazine competition, Animal division
Rising Star of Galaxy Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Exhibit
The Artist's Magazine Award of Merit, Oil Painters of America National Exhibit
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Lions Eye Bank of Iowa University Hospitals
Iowa National Bankshares Foundation
Camp Courageous of Iowa
New York Port Authority Traveling Collection
Voices Gallery Exhibit, Dubuque, IA
Into the Blue, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

Indian Hills Art Exhibit, Ottumwa, IA
State of Iowa Library Exhibit, Des Moines, IA
Art in Agriculture Exhibit, Des Moines, IA
Art of the Landscape, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
The Pump House Art Center, LaCrosse, WI
Wildlife Art Exhibit, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Ohnward Art Center, Maquoketa, IA
Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Thou Art Gallery, Anamosa, IA
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) 
Bellevue Arts Council (BAC)
ARRT Scenic Art Loop


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