Announcing new works: “Laurel Daniel: Beaches, Birds, and Botanicals” will comprise 15 new studio paintings and 8 plein air works. Laurel was recently featured in Southwest Art magazine and is a well-known plein air and studio painter living in Austin, Texas, and St. Simons Island, Georgia.
We invited Laurel to share more with us about her new works:
“Beaches, Birds and Botanicals”
New Work by Laurel Daniel
There is something incredibly compelling about the ocean’s coastline. From the rhythm of the tides to the patterns of birds and flowers, its sights and sounds offer comfortable familiarity and excited wonder at the same time. This new body of work is all about that intimacy and grandeur; inspired by the Golden Isles of Georgia.
If the paintings feel personal, that is because they are. My first visit to St. Simons Island was for my honeymoon in 1979. I had heard a lot about this ancestral home of my husband’s family, and felt an instant affinity with it upon arrival. We stayed in the old beach cottage that was built by his great-grandfather in the early 1900s, and his grandmother lived next door. It was a love affair all around. We pledged to make annual visits and to carry on the family tradition with our own family.
When I started painting seriously in the early 2000s, a new dimension was added to my island experience. I began to study the coastal landscape through plein air adventures, with brush in hand and fresh new eyes. Taking walks on the beach at dawn, observing the ebb and flow of the marsh, watching birds hunt for breakfast . . . inspiration is everywhere. And it all finds a way onto my canvases.
This show celebrates a true place of my heart — a place that energizes, renews, and brings me great joy.
“Laurel Daniel: Beaches, Birds, and Botanicals” is on view at Anderson Fine Art Gallery (St. Simons Island, Georgia) through May 11.