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Cooper &Smith Gallery

Cooper &Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Recuerdos" oil on panel, 8.5 x 15"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "All the Lovely Ladies" (sold) oil on panel, 11.5 x 17"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Pretty in Pink" oil on panel, 11.5 x 15"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Sweet Painted Lady" oil on panel, 9 x 15"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Good Day Sunshine" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Sistas" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Lady on the Vine" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Fine as Fine Can Be" (sold) oil on panel, 8 x 10"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Blue on Blue, 2" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "For A Winter's Night" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "I'll Tag Along" oil on panel, 7.5 x 8.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Sundown" (sold) oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Looking Over You" oil on panel, 8 x 10"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Brigitte Loves Blue" oil on panel, 8 x 12"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Brown Sugar'" oil on panel, 8 x 8"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Tiny Tea Party" oil on panel, 6 x 9"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Auberge Ravoux" oil on panel, 10.5 x 18"

Cooper & Smith Gallry

Cooper & Smith Gallry

Laura Westlake "Snow Birds" (sold) oil on panel, 7 x 12.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Providence of Sweet Tweeties" oil on panel, 7 x 10.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Blue Bird & Cherry Blossoms" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Humming" (sold) oil on board, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Crystal Blue Persuasion" (sold) oil on panel, 11.5 x 16"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Foolish Heart" oil on panel 10 x 18"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "First Snow" (sold) oil on panel 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Cardinal and Bittersweet" (sold) oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "April Cardinal" (sold) oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Entwined" oil on panel, 9 x 14"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "A House Sparrow" oil on panel, 11 x 13.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Wish I Was a Duck" (sold) oil on panel, 8.5 x 18"

Cooper &Smith Gallery

Cooper &Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "The Singing Lesson" (sold) oil on board, 8.5 x 18"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Courtship" (sold) oil on board, 5 x 7"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Blue Buttercup" oil on panel, 10.5 x 11"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Orchard Blossoms" oil on panel, 10 x 11"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Autumn Chickadee" (sold) oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Indigo Bunting" oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Blue Jay" (sold) oil on panel, 6 x 6"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Crimson and Clover" oil on panel, 7 x 10"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Anniversary" oil on panel, 8.5 x 10.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Party's Over" (sold) oil on panel, 10.5 x 8.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "The Wedding" (sold) oil on board 11.5 x 8.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Cocktails for Three" (sold) oil on panel, 8.5 x 14"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Three Mice" oil on panel, 11 x 13.5"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Cat and Mouse" (sold) oil on panel, 11 x 15"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Letting Go" oil on panel, 12 x 15"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Ziggy Flame Crest" oil on board 11 x 13"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Gifts" (sold) oil on panel, 9 x 12"

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Cooper & Smith Gallery

Laura Westlake "Bon Vivant!" (sold) oil on panel, 10 x 17"

 

On Wild Inside: Paintings by Laura Westlake

By Pamela St. Clair

Laura Westlake plays with composition, color and pattern to hint at the intersecting boundaries between art and nature. Her paintings frame birds in interior spaces. They perch quite “at home” next to animal figurines and among china and fabrics designed in motifs drawn from the natural world. As a licensed rehabilitator of migratory birds, Laura brings to her art a keen eye for avian details and an affectionate sense of humor.

 

Details in a lace hem resemble the layered breast feathers of the society finches atop wine glasses in "The Wedding." 

 

In “Blue Buttercup,” a blue jay perches on the rim of a white bowl, its jagged edge and yolky interior mimicking a cracked egg. The sky-blue tablecloth underneath becomes a field patterned with buttercups. 

 

“Three Mice” is comprised of living creatures and their ceramic counterparts. An attentive mouse, ears alert, crouches on the corner ledge. A cut-glass vase of smoky topaz holds a clipped narcissus. Balanced on its stem, a titmouse gazes down at its manufactured “reflection,” a cartoon bird figurine. Both the real and imagined cock their heads as if acknowledging one another, a silent interchange between art and nature. 

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Laura studied at Santa Barbara College (CA) and The School Of Visual Arts (NY). Her interest in commercial illustration led to a 15-year career, which included work for television, magazines and print ads, portraiture and book illustration. She then returned to the fine arts and has been exhibiting in galleries for over thirty years.