As a lifelong artist, Laurel Wilson has used drawing and painting as a means of expressing herself and communicating with others in a quiet but powerful way. Her interest in history and preserving the environment is documented in watercolor paintings known for their intricate detail, balance, color, unique subjects, and calming moods. She prefers doing landscapes, seascapes and close-up views of natural subjects like shells, pebbles or beach drift she finds while hiking or kayaking her Cape Cod home.
She especially loves the transparency, fluidity, and challenge of watercolors and the way layering and glazing can add both saturated color and mood. Conscious of using the best of materials, she works on Arches Cold Pressed paper with Windsor Newton artist grade watercolors and frames her work carefully.
Educated in art history, painting and design at Mount Holyoke College and Oberlin, Laurel has worked for both the Smithsonian and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an art conservator and has taught art history at Alfred University. She uses that background when she paints. She works inside from her own photographs and sketches made while "exploring" her home or traveling. As an award-winning Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, a partner in Eastwind Gallery in Orleans, and a artist member of the Chatham Creative Arts Center and the Yarmouth and Plymouth art guilds, she is busy with year round shows and exhibits both locally and across the United States. She has shown at the Festival of Arts in Chatham each August for the past thirty-nine years. She loves meeting and connecting with people who like her work.