Lara is an award winning figurative painter and a member of the Arborealists. Lara moved to Norwich in Norfolk from Ireland. Her work often captures the mystical properties and stories of a landscape. The first 2 works shown here have been chosen specifically for the fit with the theme of the exhibition, The Narrative of Trees. They are inspired by the Madron Wishing Well and Clootie Tree in Cornwall. Wishing trees are often used as an object of wishes and offerings and are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value.
Memories, recollections and a sense of place are themes which Lara returns to time and time again. Her starting point is often these memories and the emotions triggered which she then captures onto the surface of the canvas with oil paint, providing her with fluidity and flexibility of expression.
Lara graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Painting.
She is a member of the Arborealist group of artists. She received the first prize at the Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2016 and was a finalist in the National Open Art Competition, and the Winter exhibit at the RA 2015. She received 2nd prize in the 2019 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and the Chair’s Purchase Prize at the 2019 ING Discerning Eye exhibition. This year in 2020 she is a finalist in both the ING Discerning Eye exhibition and the John Moores Painting Prize.
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