As a British immigrant, I've been on a journey of discovery since I arrived in this rousing city. My name is Laura; and I'm an artist who believes that every face holds a tale to tell, and every story contributes to the vibrant fabric of Vancouver. I'm thrilled to announce that this project invites you to join me on an artistic adventure that celebrates the heart and soul of the Vancouver community. They say write about what you know - so I hope that translates into paint as I embark on this new part of my life.
In the wake of tumultuous times marked by events like Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increasing division fuelled by social media, I found myself yearning for something fundamental – human connection. It was during these challenging times that many of us began to feel a growing sense of division among people, a sense that we were being pulled apart by our differences rather than coming together in understanding.
The impacts of these events were not just political or health-related but deeply social and emotional as well. It felt like we were losing the ability to engage in meaningful conversations with those who held differing views. The very essence of what it means to be human, the capacity to connect and communicate, felt at risk.
'POV: People of Vancouver' is my passion project. The initial idea was born out of the want for human connection after this big move; a reason to engage with the charismatic barista, a reason to compliment the dress, ask where you got your nails done, a reason to stop and pet your dog- but it has grown into capturing the essence of this city! I've had the privilege of meeting people with differing views, and the discussions that have emerged have been enlightening and moving. It has reaffirmed my belief in the power of human connection to transcend our differences, to build bridges instead of walls. While I may have felt let down by the divisions that have marked recent times, this project has been a rewarding reminder that the human race still possesses the capacity for empathy and understanding. It has given me hope that, despite the hardships we face, we can come together, paint a bright future and, most importantly, remind ourselves that we are all part of the same human family.
Whether you're a business owner shaping the local economy, a creative, a prominent figure contributing to our culture, or an everyday Vancouverite with a story to tell, I'd love to connect with you and in turn connect the community. I’m looking for sitters to create portraits that reflect not just the face, but journeys, links to Vancouver, and the unique perspectives that make this city a treasure trove of stories. Join me in celebrating diversity, harmony, the beauty and the normalcy of everyday experiences.
Apply now to be a part of 'POV: People of Vancouver,' - let me colour your story!