Photography can capture what is, I aim to bend it. I push realism and reality in my work by attempting to express the unseen, the unknown. This yearning to explore and adventure into the unknown runs deep in my psyche, and also drives my desire to constantly evolve and develop.
My work is seemingly very scattered: I do acrylic and digital full color illustrations, I dabble in watercolor and encaustic wax, I love trying new mediums. I also published a coloring book filled with black and white lineart in December of 2017.
Even though to the outsider this may appear to be all over the place, it isn’t: each new discipline is chosen for a specific reason in order to better understand some principle or idea I want to explore.
I have so many ideas I want to share, and I’m such a visual person, you never know what media or experiment I’ll be getting into next… but it all centers around the goals of self-improvement and expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings. You’ll find my work has a touch of whimsy to it – probably because I’m a pretty goofy individual who likes making jokes, being silly, and being a kid.
About Laura Grace Rafferty
I’ve been an artist since I was a little girl, even if I didn’t understand the complexity and difficulty of this field until I was much older. I’ve always had a big imagination and a sense of creativity, and that innate personality trait has been the driving force towards my mastery of draftsmanship throughout my entire life.
It hasn’t been easy. I didn’t start out drawing the way I did, it was through over 30 years of study, practice, and dedication to my craft that I now excel in anatomy and light. I have always been supported by my amazing and creative family, especially my mother and sister who I’m very close to. I’m very spiritual and love natural elements, and I feel this comes across very plainly in my work.
My focus for the first part of my life was just in getting things to look “right” – being able to accurately draw anything from life. This road was a difficult one, but one I’m grateful for, as it has taught me to be able to express myself in any way I desire.
I still feel I’m a student. I will probably always feel that way. I’ve learned that there is no such thing as failure in art – but rather, a long journey of learning, experimentation, and trial and error have brought me to where I am today. And I’ll keep pushing to improve for the rest of my life.
Now that I feel comfortable and confident in my own skills and my ability to self-improve, I am now focusing my craft by pursuing subjects and mediums I have yet to explore much. Namely, my goal is to be an adept illustrator of anything.
Specific goals are in subject matter: animals and creatures, perspective studies, wild landscapes, and more exotic fantasy, surrealism and steampunk are on my to-do list. I’m constantly honing my ability to depict people.
Commissions are currently closed due to a very busy schedule.
But, if you’re a coloring or children’s book agent or publisher, and might be interested in working with me, let’s chat about it:
As a note: Lately I’ve had people ask me for dark art, gothic scenes, and other such horror genres… please look at my gallery before you ask me for commissions, as I simply won’t do that type of work – it doesn’t suit my personality and I don’t excel in it. Thank you for understanding!