Laurie McClave has been drawing and painting obsessively since she was a young child. Growing up in California in the 60s and 70s her extended family was full of artists, free-thinking Mad magazine readers and a sprinkling of Catholic comedians. She dabbled in Drama, Clothing design, illustration and sculpture in the 70s and 80s before deciding to really get down and Paint. She decided to put herself back into school and was accepted into The San Francisco Art Institute and while there earned an honors studio spot. Laurie concentrated on figure drawing, painting and printmaking, and received her BFA in Painting in 1994.
Laurie Has developed her own voice and unmistakable style which she spends hours and hours perfecting. Her pantheon of goddesses are at once untouchable and approachable, with a come hither glance and steely resolve.. they seem to be on a mission to draw the viewer into their story.
Laurie is exhibiting around the world regularly and runs a small collective gallery in her adopted home town on the Northwest Olympic Peninsula.