Insects and Abstracts: The Art of Laura Gunn Courtney Hayes April 21, 2017 ART, LIFESTYLE Though she’s been creating art her entire life, Washington D.C.-based artist Laura Gunn didn’t start selling her paintings until 2006 after visiting an art show that inspired her to take a leap into a new career…and we couldn’t be more thrilled she did! Laura Gunn’s works of art are captivating, playful, and now available as pillows and wallpaper. Find out more about Laura, get a glimpse of her incredible style at home, and see different ways her art can make your home look its best! Surround Yourself: Tell us about yourself! How did you start out in the art world? Laura Gunn: I’ve been making stuff for as long as I can remember. I started painting professionally after going to a small art show in St Louis. I looked at my husband and said, “I want to do something like this.” I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I went for it. Home 1 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn SY: You paint a wide variety of subjects—from abstracts to insects. What drew you to them? LG: Flowers were my first love as an artist. They are a great vehicle for experimenting with color and form. I can change the color or shape as I feel moved. As my technical skills grew, I added colorful insects and birds to my repertoire. Next I added skyscapes. I found that I could still play with the color and composition with these subjects. Abstracts are my most recent addition and I think my favorite. With an abstract it’s all about color and composition. And an abstract can have so much depth and bring so much life and energy to a space. Home 2 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn SY: Does art run in the family? LG: It does! My mother is an artist and was always very generous with her art supplies and encouragement. I also have artistic siblings, nieces, and children. They are some of my best cheerleaders. SY: Describe your style at home. What makes your space special to you? LG: I like to mix it up–some modern stuff, some vintage stuff. And I love a lot of texture and color in my space. Home 3 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn SY: What artists inspire you? LG: Van Gogh, Degas, and Rothko. SY: When you’re not painting, what do you enjoy doing? LG: I enjoy hanging out with my family—visiting pretty places, getting out in the sunshine, and eating good food. Home 4 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn SY: If you could give one piece of advice or wisdom to budding artists, what would it be? LG: I really believe that talent is about 10% natural ability and 90% practice. So practice, practice, practice. And don’t be afraid to make some ugly stuff. Of course, it can be frustrating to spend several days on a piece that just doesn’t work out. But it’s bound to happen sometimes. Especially when you’re starting out. Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from making stuff and trying new things. Home 5 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn SY: What do you surround yourself with? LG: Kind people and pretty stuff. Home 6 by Traci Rampton Photography for Laura Gunn Thanks, Laura! Be sure to check out Laura’s canvas prints, temporary wallpaper, and pillows.