As I progress as an artist & network both off and on-line, I tend to meet the most talented folk! Laura Dumm came to me in a (of all places) a group of email addresses from an email sent to me from a mutual friend. I checked out her website and was so tickled at her amazing art that I had to share my find. Gary Patterson is one of my big favs in feline humor & illustration. Laura now joins him in my book. You must check out her website: www.yessy.com/lauradumm.
In her own words:
“In my off time I do my own artwork. My style is primitive, patternistic and graphic; not concerned with realism but concentrating on creating a mood, usually playful, using a bright color pallette. Some of my influences include, Andy Warhol, Vincent VanGogh and David Bowie. My projects include murals, paintings, illustrations, painted furniture, painted wooden boxes, greeting cards, and cartoons. The painted works are done with acrylic paint. The cartoons are drawn in ink, scanned and then colored using the computer. I also collaborate with my husband Gary coloring some of his black & white cartoon projects, including art for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor.
I’m a homebody, love to work and am very deadline oriented. Being a freelancer affords me the opportunity to pursue other interests like gardening, cooking and being with my animals. I remain involved with animal rights issues, volunteer at North Coast Animal Rescue, Cleveland, OH and continue to spread the word to prevent overpopulation and unwanted litters by spaying and neutering pets.
I live in a multiple cat household (12), all rescued strays. They are complex little creatures who inspire me every day. The way they move, think and react can be interperated in so many ways and styles. Sometimes quiet, then in a second they turn wild! In 2003 I had a one woman show titled “A Cats Eye View” at SmartArt Gallery in Tremont, Oh. In 2005 I was in a group show at Arts Collinwood Gallery in Cleveland Ohio. I also have a show planned with my husband this October in Cleveland.
My illustrations have been published in Northern Ohio Live and Cat Fancy magazines. I designed a graphic novel for Warner Brothers Independent Films, entitled “A Scanner Darkly” from the novel by Philip K. Dick, to accompany movie version. I designed books for Hill & Wang Publishing, Students for a Democratic Society a graphic history and The Beats a graphic history, both graphic novels. I have done monthly cartoons for the newsletter Pet Press in Los Angeles, Ca., and cat cartoons and illustrations for the e-newsletter The Daily Mews. http://www.thedailymews.com/.”
Laura is truly an amazing artist with wonderful credentials and a great heart… she will bring a smile to your face!
On Left: “Bo” Acrylic on Canvas (18x 24)
On Right: “Artcat” Cartoon & Alterego!
Bottom Middle: Cartoon by Laura Dumm
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