Laura Lewis, a High Plains regionalist, is known for her ability to capture the expansive landscapes, skyscapes, and agricultural imagery of that part of Texas which is forever imprinted on her soul.
Her artistic process began as a teen when she had the good fortune to study portraiture with Glenna Goodacre before Goodacre transitioned into sculpture. Later, Ms. Lewis attended the University of Texas at Austin and it was when she returned home to Lubbock that she realized that land, those open vistas, canyon bluffs, and the monumental horizon was an inextricable part of her spirit. Since then her artwork has reflected the beauty, bounty, colors and patterns of that area. Ms. Lewis began creating landscapes with pastels, but now prefers oils, finding them exremely rich and complex. In her latest work, she applies the paint with more expressive brushstrokes to accentuate textures and the illusion of the Plains’ deep sweeping spaces.
Ms. Lewis recently completed a mural for the Chevron Corporation that depicts the discovery of oil in the Permian Basin. She relished the opportunity to participate in the process and the challenge of painting the beauty of the High Plains on a large scale.
She has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions including the Western Regional Exhibition of Oil Painters of America.
Ms. Lewis is a member of the Contemporary Texas Regionalists, a painters’ group formed by William Reaves, who specializes in early Texas art and mid-century Texas modernists. She is also represented in his gallery, William Reaves/Sarah Foltz Fine Art located in Houston, Texas. Ms. Lewis’ work is represented in the Southwest Gallery in Dallas as well as in the permanent collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, in the John and Bobby Nau Collection of Texas Art, and in corporate and private collections.