About Laara WilliamSen
These are just five of the charities that Laara has helped over the years.
She has organized over 300 charities events and donated her artworks to countless other charities around the world,
such as ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM, TWITTER ART BENEFIT, SALI, THE PEACE PROJECT
At the early age of three years, Laara WilliamSen began drawing sheep, trees and flowers. Growing up in the Lower Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada, she was immersed in the nature and surrounded by a large extended family and a supportive country community where she received much encouragement to continue her drawings as a child. At the age of 19 years, she was fortunate to study with the international artist, Robert E. Wood in both his New Westminster and North Vancouver, B.C. studios where he taught her the basics of oil painting and composition.
During her twenties, she painted as many as six paintings a day one on top of another on cardboard in her garage studio. Often, she painted nature from memory. At this time, she also began to sell her paintings from her home studio through personal referrals.
The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm
She is donating 50% of all proceeds from Art Prints for Charity sales to charities listed on the charities page!See her charity works here
Attending the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from 1984 1988, she graduated in 1988 with a four year major in Interdisciplinary studies. She has been deeply influenced by the art works of W. Kandinsky, Georgia O’Keefe, Frieda Kahlo, Emily Carr and the works of the Impressionists and Fauve artists. The city and street people inspire her to paint as does the forest, ocean and stars. She is fascinated by our responses to the infinite cycles within both nature and human nature. Colour and texture are important to her. She often uses her fingers to paint with. In the end, although she creates the painting, she believes that once it is completed the painting has a life of its own.
WilliamSen has received nine art awards, most notable, the Top Ten Painting Award in 1989 in the Artitudes competition sponsored by Gallery 54 in SoHo, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. and curated by the Fogg Museum, the MOMA in Chicago and the Guild Hall Museum, U.S.A. Other awards include the PEACE PROJECT, U.S.A. where she was selected for the touring international group exhibition in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 2014. Some local awards include The B.C. Cultural fund and The B.C. Scholarship Fund in Canada.
She has had 90 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 130 group exhibitions. Some of her recent solo exhibitions include “The Carl Benz Cloud University online,” Germany, “The Small Rituals Society,” Canada, the “Good Day Sunshine Cafe Gallery,” Canada and the “Babes in the Woods Gallery Cafe,” Galiano Island, B.C., Canada.
Selected international group exhibitions include “Art Cafe International,“ St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A., “Trees for Life Exhibition,” in Scotland, “Symbiose.” at the Summer Art Festival at the De Stads Galerij, Oude Vest 34, Breda, The Netherlands, “Galileo Museum,” Artists for Freedom, Lennestad, Germany, “The Armory Exhibition,” Pasadena, California, U.S.A., “International Contemporary Art,” London, United Kingdom and “The Twitter Art & Social Media Group Exhibition,” juried at the Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
WilliamSen’s paintings are held in permanent public collections at The Paul Getty III Foundation at The Siena Art Institute, Italy, The Brooklyn Art Library, New York, U.S.A., the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and in private collections in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Poland, China, Thailand and Australia.
I have a vision! We all love each other more. There is no greed or hatred, no wars or hunger, no more needless suffering.
Because, we smile more often, lend a hand, forgive everyone and everything. The world is peaceful and we do the best we can to make it better each day! I believe in the power of Love.
Please join me!
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