Laara B Rhine
Art as a carrier of culture since the dawn of time profoundly affects our health and well-being. It is the thread which has woven the rich tapestry of experience both for my life and my art. I have held countless seminars in various countries for artists, interested people, and children of all ages. My art can best be described by the analogy of the shimmering rainbow of light which weaves through the elements, crossing all boundaries to bring light and color to even to even the drabbest landscape.
I’m a citizen of the Netherlands, of partial Dutch descent, born prior to the outbreak of WW-II. My formative years, however were spent in California which provided both the climate and the unique opportunities for me to freely pursue my artistic interests. The intense contrasts of light and shadow experienced during childhood awakened a deep longing to express through art. Something in me objected to just painting the ‘outside’ or superficial form of an object. I insisted, to the dismay of my teachers, that there is an essence which is an integral part of all things. It was this that I longed to be able to express through painting and other art mediums. The synchronicities of my life afforded the development of artistic skills which served as the framework for the seminars and workshops which I have been holding for many years. I developed techniques, methods of observation as well as a holistic form of perception which I teach to my students.
The courses opened the participants as well as myself to a wide range of inspiring subjects. My affinity with nature has birthed numerous paintings of landscapes, minerals, animals, people, flowers, crystals and so on. Watercolor, acrylic and encaustic are the mediums in which I usually work. More recently, I have been writing stories in English or Dutch to accompany the paintings.
The transitions of my life from California sunshine to English gardens, Scottish hospitality, the snows of Switzerland, and Germany where I studied and taught art and history, to the canal laced country of Holland all required some adjustment in habits, attire, not to mention language. The new skills and life experiences have provided the treasures for starting to do creative writing just a few years later. It was as if a faucet opened, and English poured out. This was the start of a book "Far Above and Beyond High" - stories a heart can tell, a metaphor of life exemplified by the process of transformation that the caterpillar undergoes in order to become a butterfly.