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LAURA BARNES grew up in Pearl River, New York, where, as a child, she was able to visit many of the major museums of New York City.  Trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art were counterbalanced with nature trips to upstate New York and Canada.  By the time Laura and her family moved to Orange, California, in the early 1970's, her foundation for art appreciated had already been formalized.

With her combined appreciation for nature and the influence of the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt van Rijn, Laura began her formal art training at Chapman University.  Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree and continued her artwork while supporting herself at various day jobs.

Acrylic works reflect her support for causes like the Nature Conservancy and a variety of animal rescue shelters and related organizations.  Her photography highlights many of the natural ecosystems of California.  In 2005, two of her pieces were accepted into the Contemporary Fine Arts Competition at the Millard Sheets Gallery.  One of them sold.  Her works have helped to open new categories for the inclusion of additional artists who were previously unable to show their fine art works.  Laura participates in other shows such as the 2 Sisters in Claremont and the Orange Art Association show.  She is a member of that association, as well as the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire.

Following her creative path, Laura Barnes continues to expand the themes of her work from her days with the Whittier Art Association and her "Blue Women" period up to today's works in which her "Nature and Spirituality" themes present a bright and hopeful future.