Laura  Atkins b. 1961 – 

Laura Atkins was born in the Detroit area in 1961. And after a career as a Surgical Nurse, she is now gaining notoriety as a self-taught Artist. The distinctive paintings of Laura's portray the unnatural world with a sense of romance and mystery. It is also said that her work presents an uncomfortable mix of nostalgia and lamentation of mythological expression. Adding further complexity to the diverse interpretations of her work, she blurs the line between truth and fiction by using old masters techniques. She creates visual illusions to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as three-dimensional to reveal a convincing perspective of an imagined place or time.

Laura's pensive paintings are rife with both unseen and deeply felt forces: seemingly paradoxical impulses that are integral to her work. Though quite a few of her paintings contain recognizable elements, she's just as influenced by metaphors as she is by today's news.

Laura has collectors in the U.S. and has shown her work in the U.S. and Europe.



Awards and Exhibitions:

2019 The Art Renewal Center is pleased to present the winners and finalists of the 14th International ARC Salon Competition! This year the ARC received over 4,300 entries from 73 countries. Laura Atkins is an Finalist for “The Curse”

2019 Michigan Fine Art Competition at the Birmingham Bloomfield  Art Center
Chosen finalist winner with her work “The Curse"‘

2019 The Portrait Society of America 6th place finish in the Outside the Box Category
for the 14th Annual Members Only Competition

2018 Art Renewal Center 13th International ARC Salon Finalist 2018
Laura's work The Ariadne's Thread was chosen to the Traveling
 exhibition that will now travel from the Salmagundi Club, New York City, to Sotheby's, Los Angeles, to the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain.  2018-2019

2018 Michigan Fine Art Competition at the Birmingham Bloomfield  Art Center
MFAC $1000 Award winner with her work 'The Reckoning of Venus and Mars" 2018

The Bedford 38th Annual Juried Arts for Our Future Show 2018
Winner of the Best of Show and 1st place Oil Painting

Annual Midyear Juried Show at The Butler Institute of American Art 2017

Brimstone and Lace, Bash Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV 2016

Invitation to show Artwork at the Michigan State Capital 2016

Washes, Wax, Wood, and Wishes, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI -2016

Women Painting Women, Richard J Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY -  2015

Crooked Tree Art Center Annual Juried Show, Petoskey, MI -  2015

Michigan Fine Art Juried Show, Birmingham, MI - 2015

Inked II, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI -  2015

Monroe City County Fine Art Juried, Show Best in Show -  2015

Zusammenarbeit Group Show, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI  - 2015

Bedford Area Juried Art Show, Best in Show  - 2014, 2013

ArtPrize, Grand Rapids MI - 2014

MOMAC Group Show -  2015(featured), 2014

Michigan Renaissance Mermaid Mural - 2014

Monroe Fine Art Juried Fair -  2014, 2012

Monroe Art League Members Juried Show, Best in Show - 2013, 2014

Homage Group Show, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI - 2013

Poison Apples Group Show, Detroit MI - 2012