Laura Ibbotson fine art
Laura Ibbotson painting in Reykjavik Iceland

Laura Ibbotson painting
in Reykjavik Iceland


Laura Ibbotson is a landscape painter with versatility in both watercolor and oil. She enjoys each media type for different reasons yet combines these with her style, perspective, and subject matter. For Ibbotson, oil creates a substantially thick, and heavy opaqueness. Conversely, watercolor is light and airy; combined with dry brush and pencil techniques, it creates vista-like light-filled atmospheric effects. However, the employment of each media typifies her style with lower contrasting muted colors, soft organic shapes, and soft edges.

Landscapes are her subject matter of choice because of their awe inspiring sense of beauty and order. Ibbotson always tries to reveal other natural subject matter by capturing perspectives which have been overlooked.

Laura Ibbotson at the Forbes Gallery in New York

Laura Ibbotson at the
Forbes Gallery in New York

Ibbotson studied painting at Wisconsin Lutheran College and received her B.A. in 2003. Since then she has pursued artist residencies, starting with a residency at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. Ibbotson was also one of twenty artists-in-residence hosted at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Fort Garland, Colorado, with work from the residency published in American Artist Magazine. Her paintings in response to these residencies and her other work have been exhibited in shows organized by the Maryland Federation of Art; the Missouri Watercolor Society; the Anderson Arts Center, and the Forbes Gallery in New York. Recently, she received a grant from the Mary Knohl Suitcase Fund for her Forbes residency.


2007 Into the Heart of the Southwest: 20 Painters Interpret Forbes Trinchera Ranch
The Forbes Gallery, New York, NY

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