When asked to define herself, Laura Blue Palmer responds that she is an “artist first and foremost”. She is a painter, one who eloquently translates Montana’s landscape to canvas and oil. Her paintings capture a fluid quality of the land, rife with color an emotion – a reminder of the beautiful countryside that surrounds her home.
Laura’s deep connection to art is in her blood. Palmer’s grandfather, Allen Ingles Palmer, is a well-known painter of watercolors from Virginia – the place where Laura spent her childhood. Despite never meeting him, Laura says she still feels her grandfather’s influence: “I often imagine that his spirit is with me in my life journey, and he helps to guide me as an artist”. Laura moved to Montana in 1994 after studying fine arts at the University of Montana in Missoula and finishing her formal education at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999.
Today, Laura makes her home in Missoula where she paints in her studio. She has a true passion for the wild spaces of the west, as she documents her experiences of nature in evocative abstract landscapes. Laura loves to work with color and light in representing the moods and places she has seen in the wilderness. She has backpacked extensively in Montana, Canada, Wyoming, and Alaska, and draws on these locations to create her oils. Her work is as much about memory as it is about place. She views her paintings as a map of her life, which she is constantly creating.