Laura is from a military family, born in San Diego and raised all over the country. This made for an adaptable personality always able to amuse herself, and with surrounding nature being the main constant. A great observer with a creative mind, her artistry was evident when she began teaching, first in California then in Florida.
As a high school teacher, she focused on photography and journalism in addition to English Language Arts. Her instruction in yearbook development involved not just writing but color, design, and layout. She used art to help her students make connections to the text they were studying, as her own skills advanced.
When she left teaching, she intended to develop her poetry and photography, but new technologies that replaced the darkroom did not hold the appeal she’d felt previously, and poetry did not use all her talents. Traveling to New Mexico on a whim, she has been here since 2018. Laura found herself in a new place, surrounded by the unique colors and shapes of the natural world and found herself designing wood and stone jewelry, as well as charcuterie boards of wood, resin and beadwork.