How did you develop your unique style?
Laurie Hendricks: Ever since I started painting, my goal was to interpret what I see, expressing the beauty through the lens of feelings and emotions. I studied with several teachers who were Impressionists or even Expressionists. Joseph Mendez who was mentored by Russian, Sergei Bongart, passed his techniques of seeing and painting color and value in an expressionist style, and Jove Wang who was also influenced by Russian colorist sensibility with loose purposeful brush strokes using thick paint.
I was always told that I had my own unique style. Learning techniques and practicing the skills I was taught; I have tried to stay true to this “style”. I believe that one’s personal style is not something you think about or try to develop, it unfolds naturally. This has been true for my journey as an artist.
How do you find inspiration?
Laurie Hendricks: I find inspiration in the beauty of the ordinary world: whether from nature, people, or architecture. I study the work of great artists: Pierre Bonnard, Joaquín Sorolla, Anders Zorn, and John Singer Sargent to name a few. There is beauty everywhere, even in the mundane, and my job as an artist is to interpret that beauty and reveal it to the world using color and light.
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