International professional painter
May 15, 1946, New Westminster, B.C. Canada
From the age of three years old, Laara WilliamSen was inspired to draw her natural surroundings while growing up in the Lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. At the age of 19 years, she studied with the international artist, Robert E. Wood in both his New Westminster and North Vancouver, B.C. studios where she learned the foundation of composition and the skill of oil painting. In 1984, she began her four year program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. and she graduated in 1988 with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies. During her time at Emily Carr, she discovered her own abstracted art language that continues to evolve today. WilliamSen has been influenced by the paintings of W. Kandinsky, the Impressionists and the Fauve artists.
Fascinated by our relationship to the elements and by our human responses to the infinite cycles within nature, WilliamSen’s paintings are exemplary of her continuing and passionate exploration of this content. She works with oils, acrylics or mixed media using a rich palette of colors and dramatic contrast. Although she creates the painting, she believes that the completed painting has a life of its own.
WilliamSen has received nine international awards, most notable, the Top Ten Painting Award in 1989 in the Artitudes competition sponsored by Gallery 54 in SoHo, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. and curated by the Fogg Museum, the MOMA in Chicago and the Guild Hall Museum. Other awards include the PEACE PROJECT, U.S.A. selected touring international group exhibition”, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Local awards include The B.C. Cultural fund and The B.C. Scholarship Fund in Canada.
Her artworks are held in private collections around the world, however during the past ten years she has focused on giving her artworks to many local and international charities.