Hello! I'm Laura Poulette an artist and maker. I live in the Kentucky countryside with my family on a homestead we are building ourselves, and my life is very much affected by the seasons. Breaking the ice on the stock tanks, planting vegetable seedlings, swimming in the pond, cutting and storing firewood-these and many other seasonal tasks and rituals mark each changing year. As we work and live, I enjoy studying the ever changing moods and forms of the surrounding plants and trees. The perfectly formed, tightly closed buds of the winter trees, the ephemeral riot of spring wildflowers, the green jungle of the summer woods, and the ripening seeds of autumn. Drawing and painting is how I record these observations, and explore the amazing botanical diversity of this place.
In 2016, I painted botanical alphabets corresponding with each season of the year. The alphabet provided me a simple conceptual framework on which to record my forest finds and observations, as well as an accessible, engaging format. In 2017, I painted the word "LOVE" weekly with whatever plants and trees caught my eye that week. This is developed into a unique botanical record of the year.
I graduated from Berea College in 2000, where I earned a B.A. in Studio Art, Fibers. Since then I have been engaged in producing and exhibiting artwork, primarily fiber art. I began doing botanical paintings in 2013 as a way to more closely see the plants I was learning about. While I did study art in college, I was focused there on fibers and installation art; I'm a self taught watercolorist.
In addition to making artwork, for many years I’ve been immersed with my husband in the less conventional creative work of designing and building a house, studio, sheds and gardens that make up our homestead in the Kentucky countryside. Motivated by a desire to live a life of mindful simplicity, and to conserve natural resources we are in the process of creating sustainable, productive home place.