To Laurieann Lepper Dygowski – Fine Art Illustrator & Graphic Designer:
Art is essential for the growth of the human spirit.
Ever since kindergarten, art and creativity have been driving forces in my life for happiness. After heading into a career of computer design and marketing, I abandoned my fine art. I laid up my paints and brushes, and put them away to gather dust, so I could pursue what I thought was the creativity of commercial art. This eventually led me to start my own marketing and graphic arts company, CPU Graphics. But because of a number of circumstances, such as being surrounded by creative people, and volunteering on the city arts commission, I created my first drawing in 15 years. And when I did, it was such a revelation to me, and to my brain. It was like a part of my mind had been asleep, and was now awakened -again. Since that day , I’ve never looked back, have created hundreds of pieces of art in many media, demonstrated for many art clubs in the metroplex, and received honors and awards from local, state, and out-of-state galleries in juried art exhibitions. I create my paintings, drawings, art jewelry, and altered clothing, using mixed media, traditional media and new media. My favorite painting style is mixed media, applying a multicolored acrylic paint base painting, mixed with gesso for texture, onto gallery wrapped canvas. After that layer dries thoroughly, I draw over it using soft oil pastels. Landscapes and people are my favorite subjects. Sometimes the subject matter might be something I see everyday, have lived with, or is around my home. And more recently, I enjoy adding to my Winds of Change series, depicting the sculptural beauty of wind turbines, and the importance of their growth
to the future of our children and the economy of the United States. Whether vegetables, or flowers from my garden, ducks and geese that I raise, memories of scenes from my roads travels around the US, I want to share this art with you.
Laurieann has shown her work in shows in Merriam, Kansas; Irving, Texas; Richardson, Texas; Tx. Visual Arts Association; Art in the Metroplex Regional Show, Rockwall, Texas; Englewood, Colorado; Dallas Bath House; V.A.S.T., Hunting-Oil Company (Finalist); Dahl Arts, and Rapid City, South Dakota.
Demonstrations include: Texas Area Artists; Artists Around Texas; Mesquite Creative Arts Club; Desoto Art League; Richardson Fine Art Association; Creative Framing; North East Texas fine Arts Alliance. Her body of work includes animals, figures, landscapes, still life, jewelry and “intuitive” painting.
Laurieann creates her paintings and artwork including jewelry using mixed media, traditional media and “new” media such as acrylic with oil pastel, chalk pastels with ball point pen, colored pencils and polymer clay. Her subject matter is varied, but usually contains images that she knows, have lived with, or are close to her.