Laura Dronzek

Laura Dronzek

“‘My recent paintings combine landscapes with animals or human figures. I often use photographs of animals as a general reference and then let the composition and landscape emerge as I build up the surface. My landscapes are fictive and often involve recombining the most basic elements of landscapes: a tree, water, horizon. I juxtapose the grand themes of landscape painting with the small scale of the work.’
‘In "Middlemarch," George Eliot states that: "If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence." For me, it is the mystery found in the commonplace, the extraordinary in the ordinary, that is worth examining.’”

Laura Dronzek’s landscapes, animal portraits, and still lives portray ordinary sights while escalating the subject to the otherworldly. Her soft and painterly touch creates a strong mood that seems to overcome the small scale of her pieces. Based in Madison, WI, Dronzek has received widespread recognition for her paintings and illustrations, and is the recipient of the 1998 Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship Award and 1994 Artist Grant.

Public Collections

Madison Children’s Museum- Madison WI; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - Madison, WI; Gardiner Art Gallery - Stillwater, Oklahoma; Memorial Union - University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Book Illustrations

Birds – by Kevin Henkes; Moonlight – Helen V. Griffith; Oh! – Kevin Henkes;It Is Night – Phyllis Rowand; Tippy- Toe Chick, Go! – George Shannan; The Adventure of Louey and Frank – Carolyn White; Rabbit’s Gift – George Shannon; White is for Blueberry – George Shannon; When Spring Comes – Kevin Henkes.