Laura Kaardal is an emerging artist from Vancouver Island, British Columbia who is primarily self-taught in drawing and painting techniques, and holds a diploma in visual arts.
With a background in drawing custom ultra-realistic pencil portraits, Laura applies a certain amount of realism to her acrylic paintings and pencil crayon drawings to draw the viewer in. She combines this realism with saturated colours and a simplified style to create vibrant, engaging street scenes primarily of New York and Paris. Having grown up in a small town, she is inspired by the energy and personality of big cities and the many people inhabiting them. These paintings are, in a way, portraits of the cities themselves.
Another aspect of realism in her work comes from working from reference photos that are taken spontaneously. The photos are snapshots, without a premeditated composition. This spontaneity makes for interesting paintings, capturing people in the middle of conversations, looking over their shoulders, or just walking by. She includes many details so the viewer can study a person’s face, glance up at a street sign or window, or wonder what is around the corner.
Laura now lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Her work resides in numerous private collections.