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Artist: Laura McHugh

Studio: Laura Mchugh's Art

Title: Listing
Description: Cold wax on braced birch panel
Media: Painting
Size: 60 x 48 x 2
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Contact Laura McHugh



Phone: (650) 743-2791

2019  Showings

May 18 - 19 , Site: 360
285 Poplar Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


About Laura McHugh

We are all looking for our place in the world – where we fit and the impact we wish to make. And, on some level, most of us are a hot mess underneath it all – dismayed, frustrated – sometimes lacking faith in the greater good.
My work is an examination of the different paths this introspection takes us on – our personal maps of looking for what is around the next turn and under the next rock – the hope and promise that compel us to continue moving forward.
Maps are the first layer as a touchstone to ground the journey. Each painting is 20-30 layers of cold wax and oil paint, including intermediate addition of textures representing the topography and geography of interior conversations as I am making the piece.
As I continue to build each painting, adding to and excavating from the paint, the answers to my questions reveal themselves. This archaeological expedition on the paper or panel is my way of exploring emotions associated with finding the beautiful meaning in what would otherwise seem to be mundane, everyday life.
I’ve been working as an engineer for the past 30 years mainly in the real estate/facilities management space. I have a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an MBA in strategic planning. I’m currently Director of Facilities for a bio/pharma company in SSF.