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Laura Zerebeski
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
I am a full-time expressionist painter with a surrealist edge. I paint urban landscapes and personify buildings so they look like the people that live in them.

I grew up in a pulp mill town in BC's interior. My art teachers were often exasperated because I wanted to go by instinct which means I'm mostly self-taught. As much as becoming a starving artist scared me, I became one - two recessions and several depressions later (economic and personal). Now? Life is good. Cardio helps. So does a healthy balance of coffee and beer.

Current Residence: Vancouver
Favourite cartoon character: Pinky & The Brain
Personal Quote: Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all (W. Goldman, Princess Bride)
I read a review that highlighted that van Gogh phrase. I love this review. The phrase "consolatory art for distressed hearts" takes the slight shame I have in making frivolously pretty paintings and reconciles it with my own enjoyment of making and looking at frivolously pretty paintings.

Here's the link:…
Just as there are writers’ writers, so there are painters’ painters: necessary exemplars, moral guides, embodiers of the art. Often they are quiet artists, who lack a shouty biography, who go about their work with modest pertinacity, believing the art greater than the artist. ...

And it goes on.  It's a long article. The best, most poignant paragraph (for me at least) is the closing one: 

"What pleases the PUBLIC is always what’s most banal,’ he wrote to his brother in 1883. But nowadays Van Gogh pleases the public enormously. So has he become banal? Could our difficulty in being able to see him properly be a sign that there is only so much looking to be had, and/or that with age we grow out of him? Oddly, no. He isn’t one of those painters – like, say, Degas or Monet – who, over the decades, refine and deepen our vision. I am not sure that Van Gogh’s paintings change for us very much over the years, that we see him differently, find more in him, at sixty or seventy than we did at twenty. Rather, it is the case that the painter’s desperate sincerity, his audacious, resplendent colour and his intense desire to make painting ‘a consolatory art for distressed hearts’ take us back to being twenty again. And that is no bad place to be. "

Nope. Surely it isn't. 
  • Eating: Ramen
  • Drinking: Signs Point To Yes


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LindArtz Featured By Owner 6 days ago

Happy Birthday! :party: Cake for your BDay by KmyGraphic Celebration by Mirz123

stargateatl Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Laura! Have your cake and eat it too
dragonsandwitches77 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
happy birthday :)
CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
happy birthday Laura c;3
Happytiger123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Laura, this is a little odd brining this up now but I wanted to thank you for commenting on my stumped image a few months back and for also being the first person to comment on any of my work on DA. I also took a look at your gallery and you have some really wonderful work, I am definitely going to add you to my watch list.

Thanks again from Jared aka Happy The Tiger :) (Smile) 
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stvwoe Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say your art really stands out...!  And I really like your style asI have tried something similar but always revert back to realism, no matter if the content is mixed.  Good job again!
curlytopart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really like your art its really great ! 
Arum1966 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for Faving "Jimi Hendrix."
Fragmented-Poet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the :+devwatch: Laura!
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the +W, my beautiful friend. I hope your day has been pleasant! :heart:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I really loved seeing that "wall"of all your work you recently posted. It has re-inspired me and gotten me thinking in a different direction. Thank you. As I mentioned in my recent journal; it will be a while before I can get to work.
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PuzzlesTheCat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama! 
flumenlimia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
I'm in love with your art already.
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TheRafflesia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your kind support! :hug: Have a great week ahead! :hug:
Simdaddy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
I love the colors in your work! And there's nothing like coffee and...ok..I drink Mountain Dew.  Anyway:

Welcome to WhisperMeWish!  We look forward to seeing your works in your galleries.
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LORETANA Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for :llama:! I am very grateful!
Gevio Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
thank you for the llama Laura :D wish you all the best with your work!
RankaStevic Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome to WhisperMeWish We are happy to have you in our group, and looking forward to see more of your beautiful artworks. :hug:
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
If you're from Canada, I'd have thought you would call yourself Laurazed! Heh heh.

Really love your paintings, I ought to give your gallery another look at sometime.
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stargateatl Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday :) :cake:
LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014

Happy Birthday! :party: Cake FOR Bday by KmyGraphic :airborne:

Brainstormer623 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!

Fun fact: you share the same birthday as Google!
LORETANA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :party: I wish you only the positive impressions of this year!
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