I don’t remember how I stumbled on the work of Laurie Close, but thank you to whoever shared it. Her paintings, done in gouache, acrylic or oil, are a combination of layered lines and curves in thick and thin single brush strokes—the kind you only dream of being able to create with one swoop.


Most of her work explores depth and color layering, something most abstract paintings do but there’s something about Laurie’s that reminds me a bit of colorful illustrations you might find in sophisticated children’s books. There is no hesitation in the lines, a display of confidence—something that can be appreciated.




You can shop her paintings on Etsy.