My work has been consistently influenced by nature. I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by lakes and trees. I developed my love for drawing nature as an undergraduate at Kendall College of Art and Design. My passion for drawing plants evolved into reproducing plants from botanical texts while pursuing my graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati. I continue to reference plants, insects, architecture and anatomy exploring them through drawing, painting, printmaking and collage.

My goal as an artist is to create beautiful images for a viewer to enjoy. I hope that my works seduce the viewer into looking closely at the image I have created. My hope is that they look closely enough to recognize the underlying meaning: that life is interconnected and fragile. Our bodies should be valued and protected; the natural world, which our bodies are a part of, should be valued and protected. There is a dark side to our actions that affects every single thing around us.

I aspire to remind the viewer to take a closer look at what is around them and value the beauty and their connection to the natural world. If the work resonates with the viewer, perhaps they will think more deeply about harm being done to the environment and, of course, themselves with their daily choices.

Laurie S. Rousseau - Artist