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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)
Preamble: if you're underage (or of parenty-age), please note this was written ironically. Moreover, please don't drink too much and/or spend all your time online. Seriously, just don't.

Alright, here's my story. In my province, you can only buy alcohol (beer, wine, spirits) at a designated government liquor store. It's an inconvenient legislative hangover from British Columbia's prohibitive past. By the way, you American alcohol consumers have no idea how easy you have it what with all those grocery stores and gas stations and 7-11s that sell beer! Alas, we BC-ers have to plan for Sundays when the one liquor store in our neighborhood is closed.

So when one needs to regularly purchase and repurchase routine supplies in a local store, the staff at said local store starts to recognize one on sight and pretty damn quick if one is there a lot (okay, never mind the royal-sounding third person singular 'one' here; we all know I mean 'me'), which, sadly, I am. I'm there a lot and I always imagine they judge me every time they ring my case of beer through, like, "Jeez, more? Weren't you just in here a day ago?" At least I live in an area where a lot of people with drinking problems pay with hat-begged change and not a classy debit card like me.

The checkout guys get chatty. I'm usually in and out in five minutes but seeing me in my steel-toed Docs, paint-spattered apron, and bike helmet, they remember me and make conversation. One cashier asked me if I was a set painter, one asked if I was a house painter-by-trade and so on.  I'm always hesitant to admit I'm an artist-painter because that buys into the whole alcoholic creative cliché. Sometimes I throw down my business card and scamper out before they ask if all the damn alcohol I buy is why I never paint a straight line.

Two nights ago, I was in the liquor store picking up wine and the one cashier who always chats me up asks what I'm working on tonight. I toss out a couple of print proofs for a show I was applying to (drunks should always crowdsource career decisions, right?) and ask, "Here, whaddya think? Which is best? I can only pick one."

The lineup behind me leans in to look. A clean-cut guy third in line goes, "Oh. My. God. You're Laura Zerebeski!"

Me: "What, you know me?" I suddenly want to hide my box of wine.

Guy: "Totally! And I love your work."

Thank you, Third-in-Line-Guy, and Thank You, St. Martin, patron Saint of Alcoholics, for this momentary beam of benign respect and recognition; you have no idea how much you lightened my shame.

The next time (okay, day: Next day) I stopped in to get beer the same cashier told me, "Hey, that guy said you're quite renowned." His words, and that's a lovely phrase to savour: "quite renowned". 

It was a nice moment to go from scruffy alcoholic recognized only by Kingsgate Mall liquor store cashiers to an eccentrically addicted creative spirit known far and wide for not following or walking straight lines.

Hell, in anyone's life, a moment of recognition and anti-shame is a blessing and possibly a little sign from something, somewhere, to not be so hard on yourself.
  • Eating: Ramen
  • Drinking: Probably


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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!
kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:party: Happy birthday, Laura ~ I hope you have a great day! :iconballoonsplz::iconwineplz::iconflowerheartplz: Cheers, Coco
KombeenanvusKartoons Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday. :)
Unadzuki Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the many favorites >///< It means a lot coming from such a talented person like yourself.
Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Happy Birthday :iconsweetangel1:
BLDRDSH Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday
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