Friday artist, Laura Morton |

Friday artist, Laura Morton

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What is your career and your current job title? I think of myself primarily as a printmaker, but I also enjoy painting. Plus, I design jewelry, working mostly in silver, gold-fill and copper.

Describe your art in a sentence or two. My etchings focus mostly on the natural world, but abstract compositions are my current interest, which do have a link to my love of form and pattern found in nature.

How long have you worked in this discipline? I’ve been etching for 32 years and showing my work since I was a college student.

Why do you do it? I have to! I get inspired by color, form and pattern. It’s very exciting; I have to take that energy and put it on paper.

What do you hope to accomplish? In addition to earning a comfortable living, I hope to share the joy of color, the delight I feel with the harmonious interplay of shapes and textures.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? It’s a feeling, more than a message. I hope viewers will feel a sense of balance and peace when looking at my work.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I’d like to be working at my art full time. I also have an ongoing interest in teaching art. Although I currently sell my work at art festivals, I am looking for gallery representation once again.

What kind of special training did you take? I took my first art class in college on a dare. My professor came in to Design 1 class with an etching plate he was working on. I had a love-at-first-sight experience when I saw the plate and the textures etched into it. I was drawn into printmaking instantly … the smell of inks, the tools, the copper-etching plates, the ability to create multiple prints from the same plate.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Creating a new piece. That’s it, simply put.

What is your least favorite part? Marketing and paperwork, filling out art show applications, packing the car, endless heavy lifting.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? In a productive week, about 45 hours, sometimes a lot more. It fluctuates, depending on my art festival schedule.

Do you consider it hard work, and could anyone do it? Yes I do consider it hard work. It’s satisfying but involves a lot of time doing noncreative things like ordering frames, mats and glass, doing paperwork and other miscellaneous tasks.

Any other comments you’d like to include? I am looking forward to being a participating artist in the 2004 Open Studios Art Tour on Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 16-17. I’ll be showing with three other artists at the studio of Yvon Dockter in Nevada City.


To recommend a creative talent for this weekly feature, contact Carol Feineman at or 477-4232.

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