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Balla, Laurie
Watercolor Painter (View Portfolio) Mishawaka, IN 46546
Nature is my inspiration. I grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by cornstalks, woods and wildflowers, and I embraced that rich, rural setting. I feel most at home in that environment, which spawned a natural fondness for places like Fernwood. Watercolor is my medium of choice because of its infinite possibilities. Paint flows onto paper much in the same way water flows over rocks; its unpredictability guides me in a different direction with each stroke of the brush.
I’ve always had a natural inclination to create. As a child, I was constantly involved in some creative endeavor. My paint by number kits and coloring books were always my favorite. My art career began in 1994 when I was watching Bob Ross on PBS one afternoon and thought, “Hey! I can do that!”. I asked for an oil painting kit for my birthday that year and started working from his shows. I painted in oils for a few years until I began noticing the beauty and freedom of watercolor. I tried out the medium and fell in love! I then began studying with such notable artists as G. Bruce Johnson and Deb Jerome. I now paint full time in my home studio, both in watercolor and oil. Private individuals have been commissioning and quietly collecting my work for over 7 years. I have sold paintings at the Century Center Art Shop, donated paintings to the WNIT fundraising auction, the Granger Rotary and the SBRMA, held one woman shows at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, MI and the Life Enrichment Center in Plymouth, IN, won 2nd place in the Chesterton Women’s Club show at the Chesterton Art Gallery and recently won 3rd place at the Heartland Artists Gallery Juried Show in Plymouth, IN.
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Lily of the Day
Dogwood in Bloom
Autumn's Beauties
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