Laura Cunningham Finds Inspiration and Beauty along the Coast
Oceans of Creativity
From the time she was a young child, Laura Cunningham has been a creative spirit who is passionate about the ocean. As an artist, her pieces reflect what she learned coming from a family immersed in ocean preservation and art. Laura’s mother was an art teacher and her father a marine biology teacher.
“Growing up, art supplies were always available in my mom’s home art studio. I also remember watching a lot of Jacques Cousteau with my dad, and I volunteered with the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in my hometown of Laguna Beach. My dad taught me a lot about the ocean, tide pools, marine mammals, and respect for our environment,” revealed Laura, who received her BA in art from CSU Long Beach and her MFA in graphic design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Laura has worked as a catalog designer for No Fear and as art director for Distinctive Homes Magazine. She currently works full-time as a fine artist and a freelance graphic designer.
Name: Laura Cunningham
Hobbies & Interests: Running, travel, food
Laura’s art is a blend of her fine art and graphic design backgrounds. Using photographs she has taken along the California coast, she defines her work as mixed media. “I combine enhanced photography with my graphic design skills and incorporate sewing, painting, and woodwork to complete a piece that creates a harmony with all of these elements,” explained Laura. Last year, she was commissioned to install 33 art pieces for Sea Spine, a state-of-the-art medical device company with locations in Irvine and Carlsbad. Laura also has customers all over the United States and overseas, including Norway, Ireland, and Switzerland. “It is very rewarding when my work touches people from all walks of life on an emotional level,” stated Laura. She encourages other artists to focus on what inspires them and keep creating, even when they feel stuck or are not in a creative mood.
“Growing up, art supplies were always available in my mom’s home art studio. I also remember watching a lot of Jacques Cousteau with my dad.”
A resident of Encinitas for 20 years, Laura loves the coastal weather, living by the ocean, and the creative spirit of the community. She also enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her daughter.