Welcome to the exciting world of Laura Baran, an extraordinary artist whose passion for painting knows no bounds. Join us for a Q+ A exploring Laura's artistic career and learn from Laura first hand during our Watercolors on the Plaza classes on 7/26 and 8/16.
MTPK: How did you first get involved in painting? Tell us a little bit about your career.
LB: I've been drawing since I was a child, and my passion for painting grew when I started watching Bob Ross on TV. I pursued a degree in Illustration at FIT in New York and had incredible mentors who believed in me. They helped me gain confidence and tell stories through art. Now, I work as an illustrator for clients like Meatpacking, Bloomingdale's, La Mer, and more. I also teach art and share my creative process on Instagram.
MTPK: What do you love about watercolors?
LB: Watercolors have a mysterious quality to them. They are light, fast-drying, and easy to clean. I fell in love with them when I started using them during my busy days as a new mother. I enjoy the freedom of using light washes and loose brushstrokes to express myself quickly.
MTPK: What are some of your favorite things/people/places to paint?
LB: I find inspiration in my family, friends, and the people I see in New York City and during my travels. I love painting cityscapes, landscapes, and anything that moves me and calls out to be seen.
MTPK: How long have you been working with the Meatpacking District?
LB: I've been fortunate to collaborate with the Meatpacking District since 2016. I started by hand-painting banners for their Harvest Fest event. Over the years, I've worked on various projects like live sketching, holiday cards, and custom paintings. I admire the Meatpacking team's commitment to expanding cultural offerings and supporting local artists.
MTPK: What do you hope others take away from your art?
LB: I hope my art encourages people to pause, reflect, and appreciate the world around them. Art allows us to slow down, contemplate our place in the world, and find the courage to pursue our own creative desires.
MTPK: What would you say to encourage those who'd like to learn about watercolors or art-making but are intimidated?
LB: Remember that anyone can make art. Don't be afraid to play and experiment. Embrace the initial fear and create art anyway. It's okay to make "bad" art because it's through mistakes and exploration that we make progress. Give yourself permission to express freely, and don't let your inner critic hold you back. There are plenty of resources available, such as TikTok and YouTube, to help you get started. Just let go and enjoy the journey of creating art.