Location: United States
My name is Laura Kucharyson, and from the time I can remember, everything around me was a potential art piece. There was always an art project in progress, from using my dad’s socks, to making my sisters’ Ken doll clothes, to forming tiny pieces of paper into picture books, to mud being formed into candle holders. At 12 years old, I was introduced to the world of oil painting under the instruction of an amazing Colorado artist, Evelyn Adams. Her attention to detail and mastery of mixing colors remained with me even after my 22 year career choice as a music teacher. My husband and I raised 3 boys, hiking and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and enjoying the golden aspens in the autumn and the snowy wonderlands of Colorado winters. These experiences have inspired many of the paintings in my collection. In 2006, my family moved to Florida, encouraged by several family members who have lived here for several years, and the ocean has overtaken my imagination. I simply cannot get enough of God’s ocean landscape.
I was humbled, witnessing the artistic talent displayed at the Art Gallery of Viera, where I began my new adventure as an artist, entering one of my pieces, Aspen Grove, in the Brush with Success in October of 2012. Under the instruction of Robert LeBron, a world-renowned knife painter, and the encouragement of many new artist friends around me, I was given the privilege of becoming a member of the gallery at the end of January 2013. One is never too old to learn and grow as an artist, and my plan is to continue painting with artists such as Meiki Aton, an accomplished acrylic painter in the Melbourne area, and Damien Share who has many of his paintings hanging throughout the Brevard area, and Slone Keats, another gifted knife painter. Presently, I have several paintings displayed at the Brevard Workforce, Holmes Regional Center and the Space Coast Cancer Center. I have had pieces shared in the Indian River Gallery in Cocoa and am a member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Strawbridge Art League and Titusville Art League. “First Light” won the Gold award in the 2014 Vision show hosted by Strawbridge Art League, and Best of Show at the Titusville art show 2015. My painting “Hawaiian Paradise” won the Merit award in Brush with Success 2014. My oil painting “Born Again” was featured as the cover of the Senior Life magazine for April 2015.
I am honored to teach an oil painting class at the Art Gallery of Viera every Friday morning. We have a wonderful time creating together. My prayer is that this adventure never ends, and I will continue the learning process. I’m looking forward to countless more creations to discover.
“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.”