27 S. Union St., Plainfield MA, 413-634-8063
Laurie Israel received degrees in music in her early life. She has been a practicing lawyer for over 35 years. Always wanting to do art (but thinking that it would have to wait until retirement), she stumbled into a live drawing course on a vacation 19 years ago. Since then she
has been doing art intensively, along with continuing her law practice.
She works in a number of mediums – oil, watercolor, digital (i-Pad), charcoal, pen and ink. Her work ranges from figurative to abstract. Her current passion is painting pictures derived from images of her great-nephew, the son of a client, and an outdoors scene someone posted on
Facebook. Currently, she is exploring painting with a palette knife, which has given some new vitality in her work, mainly as a result of the loss of control in using the implement. She loves to paint, and listens to books on audio in her studio, which gives her double pleasure.
Laurie has exhibited a number of times since moving to the Hilltowns, and has very much enjoyed the community of artists who live and work in our area. Laurie also is a cellist, having played since she was a child. She is currently performing with The Ashplain Players, a crossover string trio.
You can see more of Laurie’s work on her website, www.laurieisrael.net