About Laurie Harden 

Laurie Harden endeavors to capture people and places in the moment. At the core of her works are the emotions and concerns found in every culture and society, showcasing similarity alongside difference. Her portraits do not simply depict facial features in high fidelity, but mindfully include the moods passing through expressions, the atmosphere surrounding her subject, and the aura they radiate. The person’s essence is not their appearance but what they exude, as one’s presence is the totality of their persona, which she tries to faithfully preserve as she puts her brush to her canvas. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout the tristate area and has received numerous awards for her artwork. Along with being an illustrator and painter, she teaches art classes to those of all ages.   

New Brunswick Art Salon 2021 – Oil and Mixed Media: “Bonds Beyond Time” 

Artist Personal Website: https://www.laurieharden-us.com

Email: hobbilobbin@optonline.net 

Artist Statement

I endeavor to capture people and places as they are at the moment. I strive to portray the emotions and concerns that traverse all cultures, societies and races. I am fascinated by the ethnic and cultural differences while embracing the universality that connects all of mankind despite the differences.I try to express more than a physical likeness. Whether it is a mood passing over a face,or an atmospheric change that settles over a landscape, there is an aura that is radiated. This aura is as much a part of the person or place as their out right appearance. It is this totality of persona that I strive to preserve in my figurative and scenic works.I‘m compelled to paint, to try to understand the way light falls on a person or object& depict it. I wish to express the mood or fleeting emotion of a scene in such a way that the viewer can experience the feeling that captured me and caused me to put brush to canvas.


The Salmugundi Club and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc. 

The Broome St. Gallery, The Pen & Brush Club, and The National Arts Club in N.Y.C. 

The Cathedral Arts Show in Jersey City 

Macculloch Hall and the Atrium in Morristown 

The Gerald R. Dodge Foundation Artist Initiative Exhibition Space & Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University 

The Papermill Playhouse 

The Blackwell Street Spring Fling 

Morris County Art Association Shows 

Sussex County Arts and Heritage Counsel Shows  

The Slater Museum in Norwich, Ct