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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.

A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is evident both in Laurie’s slightly gestural style, and in the artist’s choice of colour palette -- while Laurie often selects saturated, bright colours for her work, she’s also adept with the use of more subdued earth tones, a palette that lends a sense of gravity to certain works.

A screen capture of Laurie J. Cochrane's art portfolio


In our previous feature of Laurie’s work with overlapping colour planes, we looked at the artist’s Cloudspotting series. In this series, the artist focuses her artistic eye on the sky above, capturing peaceful, soft-edged views of white clouds against blue skies. There’s a beautifully meditative quality to these pieces.

A painting of clouds on a blue skyLooking Up to the Clouds

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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