Original Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin


"My friends and co workers watch me put myself into all of my wildlife Paintings. My name is Laura Curtin and I am a wildlife artist from Southern California. Working mainly in oils I create paintings to make people smile. Every painting is a place I would like to be. Although the habitat is true to the subject the animals place in the painting is from my imagination."

I paint because I can, and I love creating original wildlife art.

I started painting because I knew I could. I feel a rush of adrenaline when my work is going well and unsure I can keep it up. I enjoy being able to disappear into my work. I can’t believe I can paint sometimes. I am primarily self taught when it comes to painting animals and creating wildlife art. I do belong to a teaching art gallery in Huntington Beach Ca where my artist friends help me by critiquing my work and offering their solutions to dilemmas I face with color and space.

My favorite tool is my Chinese hair brush because it works so well when I paint fur. {Learn more how to paint tips in my Blog.) I love oil paint, it’s smooth and colorful and smells good. If I don’t like the way something looks I can paint over it. I am excited and surprised by my success.

I know it turned out well when I look at and I don’t want to fix something. I tend to paint families and intricate backgrounds. I took everything I was taught in workshops and seminars, kept what worked for me and then tightened up (more detailed) my style. My favorite color is Thalo green and ultramarine blue with a dash of white. I admire the way it glows in a sky, I am in awe the way it reminds me of an island, it’s a happy color. It looks like turquoise.

I begin a piece by designing it in my head before I put it on canvas. I find reference materials to fit the image I have in my mind. My paintings rarely come out like I originally picture them. They always seem to change direction. I know a piece is done when I am driving myself crazy with the smallest details. I have to stop and say this is done. Leave it alone, no more shadows and highlights on little bits of gravel. When my work is going well I am filled with a sense of wonder and thankfulness that I was given a gift.

I am actively pursuing a career as a wildlife artist. I want the world see all the wonderful places I create on canvas.
I am also working on a “How to Paint” section in my Blog. Be sure to check out some of my Photography and the large selection of my art for sale in the Gallery. Explore my Links page to find valuable resources for artists. Learn more About me or even Contact me. I hope you enjoy my Wildlife Art – Laura Curtin.

“The elephants were genius. The detail was over the top. Good luck in the future.” – Bob & Janet H.B.

“Laura, You are such a talented artist! Your critters come alive and some just beg to be cuddled. Very impressive detail work too. Thank you!” – Nancy Bearce


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