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.
The Felix Project, JaccART, Laura Ashley, Museums & Galleries, Orion Books, Profile Books, Synchronicity Earth, V&A Museum, Waterstones, Whistlefish Galleries, Wildwash, Woodmansterne.