I remember when I was 6 years old wearing my favorite cotton dress with wide blue and white stripes. I smell the lush, green grass, under the shade of trees. I stretch my arms wide and twirl and spin. I feel the breeze on my skin, my hair flies around my head, colors blur, I feel a little dizzy. At that moment I’m – almost – floating. It’s both thrilling and frightening to feel that free. My goal with my painting is to glimpse a bit of that feeling by loosening the ties that bind that are dictated externally and internally, to break the rules, to risk failure in order to fly.
Much of my work is about my process, my fingerprint, my handwriting. I enjoy pushing my own boundaries, trying different techniques, avoiding that comfortable place, setting new challenges for myself. My work ranges from purely abstract to objective, using a face, figure or landscape as a familiar structure to explore and stretch with abstract interpretations.
It all started after looking at the vibrant photographs in National Wildlife and Life magazines. Laura took her father’s Mamiya 35 mm camera and taught herself black and white photography with a classmate’s help in darkroom technology.
Laura Salzberg earned a BFA in 1979 from SUNY at Purchase where she learned other media as well as photography. She took a hiatus from art to devote her time to her family and career in Special Education in New York City public schools.
Returning to art 12 years ago, Laura’s art now encompasses painting and mixed media, on paper, canvas and board. Her work is intuitive, expressive and emotional.
Laura has exhibited her paintings in several group shows in New York and online. Several of her pieces have appeared on album covers for privately published CDs.
Laura has been living and working in New York City since 1980.
New York City
1979 SUNY at Purchase BFA in Visual Arts
1983 Bank Street College of Education MS in Special Education
2009 - present The Art Studio New York
Spring 2018 Art2life Creative Visionary Path
2018 Catalyst Gallery Annual Small Works Show
2018 Atlantic Gallery Small Works Big Hearts
2018 Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery
2014 The Art Studio New York Gallery
2012 The Art Studio New York Gallery
2018 Album Cover Art for Connections CD by Bill Stevens, New York City
2018 DVD Cover Art for Music For Dance by Bill Stevens, New York City
2016 Album Cover Art for Spoken Word Project CD by Bill Stevens, New York City