Delaware-based artist Laura E. Pritchett has an expert sense of color and texture, which imbue her photographs with a warmth and intimacy. She is a painter by trade – perhaps explaining her close attention to compositional detail – whose love of photography goes back to childhood. “I used to sneak off with my parents’ camera and practice until my dad gave me a Nikon FM10 when I was about 11,” she says.
Shooting with an iPhone 5, Pritchett edits her images with Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Afterlight. Pritchett, like many visual artists, finds photography a valuable medium to explore light and composition and gather images that serve as inspiration for her paintings. She conceives of her Instagram feed as “a sketchbook to collect moments of simple, natural beauty…which evoke peace and freedom” to her 92,000 followers. You can visit lauraepritchett.com to see more of her photography and paintings.
Interview with Laura:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Southern, DE and am primarily self-taught as an oil painter. I have been pursuing art since childhood and began receiving portrait commissions around 14 years old. Currently, I am working on a figure series and preparing for gallery representation.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I hope it simply feels alive.
In paintings, I’m allowing my brush strokes to relax more and more to help create the energy that I want. I find that in my photos I apply tilt-shift in an effort to achieve a similar result. Several people have mentioned lately that I have a cinematic style – which was something I had not considered at the start, but does express my love of capturing action.
Who are some of your artistic influences?
I learn from many current realist painters, but am also drawn to the moodiness and controlled tones of Andrew Wyeth. I love Vermeer’s light and Monet’s palette, but I cannot choose a favorite artist. I learn from everyone. Certain music can affect me as much as visual arts do – anyone who helps me to experience life to a new dimension is an influence.
What are a few things you love about nature?
I love the day-to-day unpredictability of nature, the fact that we still have so little control over it, the ability it has to spellbind me with its beauty and remind me that I am very small.
source: http://lauraepritchett.com and http://dearestnature.com