Artist – LAURA SEELEY

lauraseeleyThe Boston-born, southern CA-based artist is a poet as well as a painter. Laura is the author and illustrator of several award-winning gift and children’s books, including THE BOOK OF SHADOWBOXES, THE MAGICAL MOONBALLS and New York Times Best Seller THE BOY OF STEEL. Besides books, her collection of whimsical animals speak without talking through their eyes… eyes with a touch of “human”. And her POETRY IN PAINT Collection depicts life, with a verse in each painting.

Cats, among the many subjects of her art, have become Laura’s star subjects. “And there are so many kinds, all spectacular, of course,” she says. “But I guess part of me feels there still aren’t enough kinds, because my cat images range from your normal tabbies and toms to cats with polka-dots and people eyes.”

Laura taught commercial, editorial and children’s book illustration at The Atlanta College of Art, working with students for day classes and adults of all ages for a night class that the college created for her. For K-5, her pioneering work in co-founding the Authors In Schools programs inspired children to spend more time writing and drawing. Laura’s interactive school programs focus on the importance of rough drafts for both. Each sessions wraps as the kids draw with her.

Laura’s paintings have been shown and sold in galleries from San Francisco, New Orleans and L.A. to other southern Californian cities including Laguna Beach, San Diego and Carlsbad. Her cats have graced the Royal Canin-supported San Diego Cat Fanciers’ Club poster and the cover of the International Cat Fanciers’ Association Yearbook. And they ride on the back of a life-sized baby elephant sculpture along with a verse written by Laura for Singapore’s Elephant Parade, for which proceeds were donated in the quest to help save the Asian elephant. Her elephant now resides at the home of a private art collector in Switzerland. Dana Point will be having the first USA Elephant Parade in fall of 2013, for which Laura will be one of the participating artists in that as well.

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