I am a painter and printmaker particularly interested in surface and in working intuitively, led by the process. 

I grew up on the west coast of the USA and took my BA in Art and Art Education at Fairhaven College and Western Washignton State University, later completing a postgraduate diploma in Multimedia Extension Studies at Bristol Polytechnic. I taught art at secondary level in the UK for many years before becoming a full-time artist. 

My printmaking is mainly experimental and I use collagraphs, Gyotaku, carborundum printing and other non-chemical processes to push the boundaries and to achieve painterly qualities in the work. 

My paintings are mainly semi-abstract landscapes in which I aim to capture a spirit of place, often focusing in closely and calling on drawings, colour studies, photographs and remembered images in preparation for the final work.  

In my latest works I have focused on recently visited landscapes in New Mexico and County Mayo, Ireland. Both of these places have moved me and I have tried to capture something of the enchantment I experienced when visiting them for the first time. 

When working on a painting I use layers of oil and cold wax medium to build up and then attempt to uncover the subtleties, nuances, light and texture of the place. I work intuitively; there is no plan but the paintings are led by the process and are constantly changing and evolving.  Form and content influence each other as the work evolves and by adding layers and then scratching away at the surface, traces of earlier layers are revealed and so the process continues until the painting feels as though its intention has been realized. 

I am a member of Spike Print Studio, Bristol and currently have work in the A2 Gallery, Wells; Tinca Gallery, Portishead; Hidden Gallery, Clifton and Coldharbour Gallery, Bristol. 

I am currently showing two pieces of work at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open 2016, Honiton  4 June- 27 August 2016

Website: www.laurahowarth.com

Location: Bristol

Profession: Painter and Printmaker