Dancing in the Dark

Featured Artist for August at Gallery in the Woods

New oil paintings from Laurel Hausler explore the psychological, symbolic experiences encountered in female coming of age. Hausler follows a thread of expression begun by the Symbolists and continued by Expressionists such as Edvard Munch, who examined the process of figure painting in these terms:

"We want more than a mere photograph of nature. We do not want to paint pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls. We want to create, or at least lay the foundations of, an art that gives something to humanity. An art that arrests and engages. An art created of one's innermost heart." (E.M.)

Laurel Hausler's works surround characters in a story revealed in the incongrous elements of a single moment. These incongruities invite us  further into  descriptive portraits that are emotionally palpable; at times simultaneously tender, frightening, and real.She draws these characters with a complexity and vividness of a novelist,and consequently the work suggests an underlying story.

Hausler founded the Nature Visionary Arts Gallery in Charlottesville Va. with John Lancaster. They currently live and work in Alexandria,Va.