We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Roebuck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by being outside as well collecting images taken from nature- scientific illustration and landscape photography, etc.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Drawing inspiration from the natural world, I seek to translate my impressions onto paper and canvas. I enjoy the abstraction of detail as I paint that lends itself to the whole of each piece. Color, pattern, and form come together to create an image that can be viewed as literal while maintaining the incommunicable quality of the abstract. The act of mark making in itself is joy. Creating art is not static and has pushed and changed me and my approach with each new phase of life. I find encouragement in that what you see, at first, is not always you get. But rather, when you stick with the process with open hands- through disappointment and frustration, the gifts of imperfection become a wonderful discovery.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live right outside of Chattanooga, on Lookout Mountain. I love to take friends to hike in our area- either Cloudland Canyon, the Pocket, or Lula Lake. Then, afterwards to eat at Lookout Mountain Pizza- BYO wine, wood fired pizza with ingredients shipped from Itay, and beautiful sunsets against a pastoral backdrop. It’s magical. In the city, we’d visit Gallery 1401. The women who run the space are so kind with phenomenal taste. Afterwards, Alleia or Mainstreet Meats for dinner and drinks. And that is just scratching the surface for Chattanooga. It’s a wonderful small town city.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, as well as my community of friends, has been a huge support, inspiration, and my greatest encouragement. Also, my galleries- Gallery 1401 here in Chattanooga and Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta. The women who run these businesses are kind, smart, and supportive. I am very grateful to have the privilege of working with each of them.