about

Laura McKendry is an artist-illustrator based in London, UK.

Combining bold, expressive brushstrokes and decisively drawn lines, her paintings of nature feel spontaneous and joyful whilst avoiding the sentimentality often associated with wildlife.

There is a playful honesty to Laura’s process, preferring techniques that steer away from naturalistic applications of watercolour to include less predictable tools such as sticks, ink and household paint and large brushes. She stands to paint on the floor and walls, enabling greater energy and movement; becoming like a dance, darting back and forth to the paper.

Laura teaches drawing and illustration short courses at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and currently has two bestselling courses with Domestika. In both her teaching and her own practice, she employs a focus on the process of creating; exploring ways to paint intuitively, allowing mistakes to become an integral part of a piece.

Laura lives in North London with her husband and three young children.

Clients include:

Dunoon Mugs, The Felix Project, Impress, Jaccart, Laura Ashley, Museums & Galleries, Noel Tatt, Orion Books, Paper Dove, Papyrus, Profile Books, Synchronicity Earth, Waterstones, Whistlefish Galleries, Wildwash, WHSmith, Woodmansterne.

Laura McKendry illustrator in studio

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