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I am Laurenis: Female. Painter. Creator. Art Therapist. Idealist. Gut instinct, self-taught Photographer.

Have been a photographer @ weddings and other events...family portraits, motion, etc. Specializations: Children, interaction, animals, etc.

I believe in creating, expressing thoughts and ideas through imagery. I believe that art has the ability to capture the soul's innate response to inner struggling, world events including war, human suffering and emotional turmoil. I have found the process of painting and photographing to help serve as an emotional release; to calm the mind and body as well as leave a tangible representation of one's feelings. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

As an art therapist, I have utilized the process of creating to convey a physical, non verbal reaction to daily life occurrences ranging from war, birth and human existence. I have found the final product of the art making to stimulate emotions and evoke meaning to each individual, singularly.

I enjoy photography, sculpting, painting, and mixed media. "The creative person finds himself in a state of turmoil, restlessness, emptiness, and unbearable frustration unless he expresses his inner life in some creative way." (Silvano Arieti)

I have worked with autistic individuals, children and adolescents, inpatient psychiatric hospitals as well as at Hospice with patients and family members. I have explored issues in my art work centered around and associated with the meaning of life, the process of death as well as the emotions each evoke.

My moto: "Speak the truth, always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong."

Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform.

Although I may not be able to thank everyone personally for all the great comments, please know that I appreciate them all! Thank you!

All images in this portfolio are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any format for any reason without permission of the artist.

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