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Brenda L. Showalter | The Republic
Laurie Wright specializes in making prints and operates out of a gallery/studio on Eighth Street in Columbus.
Brenda L. Showalter | The Republic Laurie Wright specializes in making prints and operates out of a gallery/studio on Eighth Street in Columbus.

For more than 20 years, Laurie Wright pursued perfection as a commercial artist. But she swears those days are long gone.

“I have turned away from some of the rigid rules of my former career,” Wright said. She retired from her job in advertising and design in 1987 and moved to Columbus with her husband. “The driving philosophy behind all of my work is that it has to be an enjoyable process of creation and fun for the viewer to see.”

The Columbus (Ohio) College of Art and Design graduate wants to make plenty of room for whimsy and inspiration.

“Because too much pre-planning is reminiscent of my commercial life, I do not plan my prints,” she said. “A labored piece reflects that attitude and the finished image is never successful.”

Wright’s work, done at her studio at 811 Lindsey St. near the roundabout, has won approval for its sense of fun, from paintings to chairs. She is working to put together a show for Eye on Art — her first in the Carmel Art and Design District — operated by former Columbus artist Jerry Points. Her show opens Oct. 13.

How long have you been involved in art?

I have always been an artist. One of my very first masterpieces, in the second grade, was called “Puff of Many Colors.” It was a big chrysanthemum — and very colorful. I can still see it in my mind. It is what I have always been.

Why the interest in printmaking?

It’s a natural extension of my life and experiences in commercial art. The simplicity of the silkscreen process appealed to me after many years working with preparation of art for commercial printing. The processes are very similar, and it became an easy and natural way to express her own ideas and images.

How free are you in your creative process?

My prints are often experiments in shape and color and I try not to be too predictable, reserving the right to make changes without concern for images that were conceived at another time.

People really notice your use of vivid color.

I feel most colors complement in one way or another, so I have been able to leave many of my concerns about color behavior behind. I think in bright and saturated primary colors, and I like to combine them with their complements. By hiding images in the color, I reward the careful and intent viewer for his attention.

What do you want people to see in your work?

I hope people see the humor, lightness, freedom and fun in my pieces. I like people to have a good feeling about my work.

What will your work look like in the future?

As my career as a printmaker progresses, I’m sure my images will continue to evolve, but I will always have fun with what I create and hope that is reflected in my work.

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