An Interview with Laura E. Pritchett

Photos by Laura E. Pritchett

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October is here already and 2012 seems like a blur with life seeming like it’s passing by at 100mph! Who’s ready for a new month and a new interview? I’m ecstatic to share some wonderful photos by artist Laura E. Pritchett, whose photos immediately caught my eye on instagram.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on discoverpaper.com

To say Laura’s photos are a marvel would be a huge understatement. Each photo she captures (with her phone!) is a masterful work of art full of rich colors, liveliness, and an overwhelming sense of peace. Read on and get to know Laura a little bit more with her interview and be sure to follow Laura on instagram — she goes by the username “bythebrush” — and have a look around at her lovely artwork, too.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Southern, DE and am primarily self-taught as an oil painter. I have been pursuing art since childhood and began receiving portrait commissions around 14 years old. Currently, I am working on a figure series and preparing for gallery representation.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

How would you describe your artistic style?
I hope it simply feels alive.

In paintings, I’m allowing my brush strokes to relax more and more to help create the energy that I want. I find that in my photos I apply tilt-shift in an effort to achieve a similar result. Several people have mentioned lately that I have a cinematic style – which was something I had not considered at the start, but does express my love of capturing action.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

Who are some of your artistic influences?
I learn from many current realist painters, but am also drawn to the moodiness and controlled tones of Andrew Wyeth. I love Vermeer’s light and Monet’s palette, but I cannot choose a favorite artist. I learn from everyone. Certain music can affect me as much as visual arts do – anyone who helps me to experience life to a new dimension is an influence.

What’s one of your favorite photos you’ve captured with your phone?

photo by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

A recent photo that I captioned “awe” is a current favorite because it was clearly God’s doing — I merely set the self-timer app to snap the photo. That sky was just something I could only stand in awe of and is a scene I am powerless to properly re-create (though I’ll probably try!).

What are three of your desert island must-haves?
I really only have one “desert island must-have:” my husband Nicholas. I’m sure that together we could figure out how to either happily survive there or get back home (smile).

What are a few things you love about nature?
I love the day-to-day unpredictability of nature, the fact that we still have so little control over it, the ability it has to spellbind me with its beauty and remind me that I am very small.

photo by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Sea Grapes

Photo by Chelsea Harms

Photo Info:

  • Location: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • Camera: Canon T2i
  • Lens: Canon 18-55mm

One thing I love about the ocean is the variety of flora inhabiting the coastlines. I particularly love the sea grapes of the southeast US and the Caribbean islands. These bushes-turned-trees occupy dunes and sandy patches on the beach, covered in salt from the ocean breeze they face day and night. Besides providing some of the best shade on the beach, I also like to use these leaves for decor and writing purposes.

Once dried, these large, thick leaves retain a bit of flexibility but lack their gorgeous green color. Instead, their soft browns allow for your creative mind to run wild after summer ends. For painting, they become a blank natural canvas. For decor, string them together for that “Autumn in the Islands” look for your tropical home. Need a clever piece of stationary? Use some acrylic paints or ink pens to scribble out that message. How else would you use them?

About Chelsea Harms

Chelsea is a marine scientist, currently living and studying on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. She enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring the tropical island and scuba diving in the ocean. She loves to document her travels through photography and partakes in the hobby as often as possible. Although marine science is her calling, creative endeavors have always been a passion for Chelsea. She curates a blog dedicated to all things nature inspires, as well as a small and colorful eclectic online shop.

The Coastal Collection by The Homeground

Coastal no. 11 by The Homeground

Brittany Campbell of The Homeground (whom we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and getting to know) recently unveiled some dreamy photos of her coastal collection captured by Abbey Moore.

The Coastal Collection by The Homeground / featured on dearestnature.com

I spied some lovely photos over at Bonnie Forkner’s blog Going Home to Roost, who teamed up with The Homeground and are offering a sweet discount to (20% off purchases over $25 at The Homeground) to members of Bonnie’s recently launched The Roost Tribe.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Kelly Allen

Artwork by Kelly Allen

kelly allen creates art inspired by nature. no matter what medium she uses — whether it be coloured pencils, gouache on paper or oil on canvas — allen creates a uniquely melded collage of differing species. i like to imagine a scene which is suddenly pulled inward by a vacuum until there is only white space behind and a pile of creatures crowded together before our eyes.

nature collages by Kelly Allen / featured on dearestnature.com

in one scene a majestic dear is surrounded by tweeting birds and luscious pink and yellow flowers. he drinks from the stream as slippery blue fish slip by. in another scene, insects take over the forest at dusk until night sets and a wild wolf howls up at the moon.

nature collages by Kelly Allen / featured on dearestnature.com

kelly’s artwork is imbued with an almost other-worldy nature. with moons, suns and black shapes filled with sparkling white stars, each piece lends itself to the fantasy that there may just be life on other planets.

About Kaitlyn Webb Patience

Kaitlyn is the editor of isavirtue blog and the creator of isavirtue stationery. Using these outlets, she shares her profound obsession with contemporary art and snail mail. She lives on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia — here she finds inspiration from the world around her and the spirited people within it.

Saruyi’s World

Mixed media fiber art by Saruyi (photo by Joseph Webb)

I can’t stop marveling at the astounding work of Saruyi, an artist who has relocated from Japan to Australia to Romania and now Portland, Oregon says she’s been artist for as long as she can recall.

Saruyi’s art installation Urban Aquarium, which began in the Spring of 2009, is an ongoing project that “explores the concept of being ‘out of context’ and ‘displaced’ by recreating a jellyfish aquarium in places where you least expect” throughout the city of Portland. Portlanders, if you have a suggestion for where the Urban Aquarium should sprout up, you can let her know via email on her contact page of her website.

Saruyi's World / featured on dearestnature.com

I bet you won’t be able to stop marveling at these beauties now that you’ve seen them!

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.