The paintings of Laura Duerwald are not actually painted. They are constructed out of materials - paper, graphite, linen, wax - through an intuitive process of addition and subtraction. They employ an acute sensitivity to the character of each material, and the poetic possibilities of their various combinations.
Born into a family of beach fanatics, Duerwald spent much of her early years reading, drawing, and daydreaming on the shores of Long Island. She received a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University in 1984 before moving to New York City, where she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer. Later, turning her focus to painting, she received an MFA from Marywood University and was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown in solo and two-person exhibitions, as well as national and international group shows. Presently working as an adjunct instructor of painting and drawing at Marywood University, she paints and resides in the foothills of the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, with her husband and two needy dogs.