“Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone smile and laugh with my work,” says Laurel Peterson Gregory. And her whimsical pieces of dancing creatures cast in bronze never fail to bring a smile or a laugh or a giggle to the surface.
“I want my pieces to lift the viewer and take them to a better place for a timeless moment,” she says.
A classically trained sculptor, Laurel has twice served as the director of the board for the La Scuola Classical Sculpture School. A love for figurative expression and for the freedom she finds in impressionistic interpretation inspire her creations.
Laurel’s exceptional ability to work with bronze has been honed in a variety of ways throughout her life. She earned a degree in Industrial Arts from Humboldt State University in Northern California, after which she took on a variety of jobs, including master electrician, building official, and finally sculptor.
Her uncommon ability to observe and capture motion in clean lines is the hallmark of her work. Her process always begins with careful observation of motion. After hundreds of sketches, she has honed in on a particular position that articulates the essence a movement. The animal she chooses to represent the movement is also carefully selected for its lines and ability to convey an emotion.
Laurel is also intimately involved in achieving the rich patinas her work is known for. She carefully applies multiple layers of chemicals and oxides to each piece. The range of effects she is able to pull from each piece is simply astounding.
Stop in at the gallery the next time you need to smile. Laurel’s pieces will never fail to bring levity to your day.
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