Lauren Rice

Background: I have loved art for as long as I can remember. My mother was a collector of Japanese Art and Antiques and our house was full of Imari and Buddha heads and what she calls the "ancestor" paintings. We always had three or four artbooks on the coffee table in the living room and I remember looking through them and wishing I could paint like Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Matisse and Paul Gaugin. I was born and raised in Florida and I was heavily influenced by the Spanish architecture and bright colorful patios and gardens there. Later, I went on to study my undergraduate degree in fine arts in Greenville, South Carolina. I concentrated mostly on painting and studying the Fauves.

Currently: Intimate interior settings and hints of personal space intrigue me. My paintings reflect the contrast of interior design elements with hints of life: a skull, a leaf, a flower, a figure, etc. I love celebrating my own femininity. It is something that defines me as a person. My goal as an artist is to suggest the personal space of a woman- the place where she feels private and secluded, the spaces where she feels secure in her femininity. I love giving the viewer a peek into a woman's privacy and forming her personal space with color and light. I paint primarily with Acrylics and occassionally I use gouaches, inks, and lacquer.

"Darlene- She welcomed her Guests" acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30".

"Man's Man's Mantel" Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"