"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas

Artist’s Statement

Trees and rocks: one of my favorite subject matters. I would be happy to paint trees and rocks all day -- but then, there are so many beautiful scenes in this world that inspire and intrigue. I like people to connect to my paintings. Whether it is evoking the feeling of a familiar time or place or setting the scene to tell a story, I enjoy taking the viewer on a journey. Many of my paintings come from the local scenery around me: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the daffodils from my backyard – But even though they are my scenes I love it when a viewer can tell me “that reminds me of my yard, my house, my mountains”. As the great Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

I have loved art from an early age. After enrolling in art lessons at the age of 10 in the studio of Virginia watercolorist, John Bryans, I studied art extensively in high school and beyond. It was in college at Mount Holyoke while studying art history that I also discovered my love for oil painting.  

Whether studying the great masters or painting myself, I love the almost sculptural quality of oil work. How a pallet knife can both expose and obscure with one scrape. How the brush is both a tool for drawing and modeling. How colors can be luminous and fragile or hard and opaque with the right application and knowledge of color. To me, the process of painting is just as interesting as the subject matter, and it is when it all comes together that the journey can begin.


Laura was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.  She works predominately in oil paint but has been known to dabble in other mediums including watercolor and printmaking which she has both studied extensively.  Her subject matter is diverse and includes landscape, still-life and portraiture.

Laura began her artistic tutelage in the studio of local Virginia watercolor artist John Bryans. She graduated in 2004 From Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a joint degree in Art History and Fine Arts.  While there she studied art and traveled in Siena, Italy as part of her “semester abroad” program. More recently she has also taken classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC (portraiture, print making and design) and at the Sotheby's Institute in London, England (Art History).  

She shows regularly with the Vale Arts Group, based out of Oakton, VA, of which she has been a member since the spring of 2006.  More information and examples of Laura’s work can also be found on the ValeArts website, www.ValeArts.com.


Laura Barringer, Artist

Laura Barringer, Artist