Grand County artist: Laura Kratz |

Grand County artist: Laura Kratz

Grand County artist Laura Kratz in her studio in Grand Lake.
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Kratz’s work is available at the Grand Lake Art Gallery and The Davis Gallery in Sheridan, WY.

Studio visits are welcome:

What is your day like when your working on your art?

I am both a studio and a plein air artist, which means that when I am able I take my field easel out into nature and paint directly from life. When I gather enough field sketches and reference photos I go into my studio to paint. On those days I typically start with a cup of coffee and a short devotion. Then I decide what music I want to paint to, sometimes it’s easy listening or contemporary Christian, but often times it’s classical music.

Usually I will try to get started by 9 a.m. and will paint for 4-5 hours before taking a break. When I get into “the zone” though I can get lost in time and paint till 2 or 3:00 before I realize I haven’t had lunch. Often times I’ll take my lunch outside for a breath of fresh air. Taking a break from my work helps me to see it with fresh eyes and helps me to make better decisions while painting. Are my edges varied? Is there variety in the brushwork? Do the colors need to be warmer or cooler, lighter or darker? Painting is constant decision making.

What is the best part of being an artist in Grand County?

I’d have to say the inspiration. Every where I look there is a painting. And even if you just stand still the light will change so dramatically hour to hour that you could paint the same scene multiple times and have a different painting each time! And don’t even get me started on the wildlife…I love painting them. Being an artist is the best work ever. How many people can say they get to draw and color for a living!!

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