My name is Laurie Rohner.
My work encompasses many different creative avenues incorporating my unique views of nature. I work in watercolor and oil on canvas, hand painted furniture and functional art which I design and build myself to woodland custom sculpted fairy houses.
I am in awe of nature and she is forever teaching me more with her beauty and magic. You could never be in a bad mood sitting under a tree in nature. Nature art best describes my work since it is the underlining theme to my art work here at Between The Weeds for Laurie Rohner Studio.
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My story begins many years ago, I have made some big mistakes along my journey and discovered some honest truths about life. First, mistakes are little blessings wrapped up for you to unfold. Lessons for you to grow with and best of all discoveries about your selves you never would have found otherwise.
I tried very hard to fit into a life others had told me I to live. My parents kept telling me in order to make a living I would have to give up being artistic. I really hated that and floated from job to job, once working as a full time life guard to working as a wrangler on a ranch. It wasn't until a serious car accident and slamming my car into a tree did I stop. At that time I was working in corporate USA miserable but doing what I was told by the people who could never understand what it is to be a creative person.
I knew I had to find something that worked for me and that is when I found my passion for designing flowers. I spent the next 16 years in the floral industry and loved every moment. It was a heart wrenching day when I sold my flower shop not by choice but due to a finger allergy I had developed from the chemicals used in the floral industry. I became curious about painted furniture and discovered the work of Annie Sloane, Jocasta Innes and MacKenzie-Childs. They inspired me to unpacked my brushes and develop my own furniture to creatively paint. The first big piece of equipment was a Delta Unisaw and my new career was launched. Next came my Delta 16″ band saw. This is my most cherished piece of equipment because my Dad bought it for me just as he was being overtaken by dementia. My Dad could not understand why a girl would want such a thing but he supported me and my decisions, always. It was the last act of love he gave me.
After Dad passed I felt my adventurous side kick in to explore and live in a new place. Vermont was a beautiful fit. I am born under the sign of the crab, a Moon child and we love our families. When Mom developed debilitating RA there was no question in my mind for her to come along on this new adventure. What a blast. I think fairies are in abundance in Vermont.
I opened a gallery and studio shop called Whitefield and Mom ran the shop. Not many people would shake up their world at 78 young but she could not have been happier. I felt absolutely blessed seeing her so content. For myself owning a place in the mountains, living close to nature and opening Whitefield’s was absolute joy. Short-lived; a few years later I sold Whitefield to care for my mother who suddenly developed a rare form of cancer. A lesson to live life in the now and love the moment you are in. If I had thought what if? we would never have had a few years of wow.
When I left Vermont, I left my purpose, my joy, the healing energy from nature behind and my life has never been the same, though necessary. I am grateful that I cared for such a beautiful soul and wonderful friend at the end of her life. I understand so much more from my experiences. We all live with pain from bad choices.
The loving energy of a creative act is placed inside an artist work. It is the soulful gift from an artist to the client or customer and it is something special, uniquely its own and cherished. I know I place this loving energy in my work whether it is a painting or painted furniture or fairy house I am placing within the work my gift and sharing this with you.
Nature has always spoken to me. Through long walks in the woods, planting a cutting flower garden or sitting meditating under a tree, the whispers of the natural world speak to me. I have sat quietly in the woods, within minutes animals would start to appear, investigating this new smell, what is it? If I sat very still not long a chipmunk would come and sit on my knee or birds would fly very close to land in a branch along side me. I have cherished memories of those days and my walks with my Mom and the dogs (very large Standard Poodles) in the woods. We never knew what we would discover, maybe an undiscovered single wild Lady’s Slipper under a hemlock tree which to our delight happened early one spring morning. No matter what the problem after an afternoon or morning in the woods and nature, all would be well.
For the next several years I traveled many roads and learned so much about this human experience. Nature has always been my anchor and teacher allowing me discoveries of her beauty, wisdom and power. I live in a world filled with fairies and sprites and creature unseen, with ancestors of yesterday’s and of tomorrow’s and the ever connection to Spirit.
Where I am now with my creative process?
I am studying to expand and enrich my art and designs with new techniques and processes. I am working with a technique using watercolor and gouaches on furniture and I am adding pet animal portraiture's to my portfolio.
I have been painting, drawing, designing in some manner or fashion since I can remember. I received my BA in Studio Arts, where I studied the fine art of printmaking painting and interior design. My very first love was and still is watercolor paintings. Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors and Redoute’s illustrations inspire my work. My work experience includes working closely with an interior designer at Sotheby's in NYC for restoration of painted chairs.
My current obsessions include: garden flowers, tiny houses, animals to paint, fairies, wooded landscapes, journal making and woodcuts.
I have brought my shop Between The Weeds to my studios at Laurie Rohner Studio and here at Painted Furniture Studio. Between The Weeds formed as a vision and dream rooted in Vermont. It is how I view nature as I look between the weeds of life because beauty is found everywhere in nature. A weed is just as beautiful as a garden rose. Sometimes a wildflower is hidden in the blades of grass.
I hope you enjoy my collection of work. I am grateful for the opportunity to share it with you!
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