In my paintings, I look at things we see every day and then ‘invent and reinvent’ them for myself. I begin by blocking in shapes or a horizon line and then layer paint until a landscape or a still life begins to form. It is an intuitive process. I never know where a painting will end up when I begin. Fairly finished paintings get reworked, painted over time and time again, until the final forms emerge. For me, it is the mystery found in the commonplace, the extraordinary in the ordinary, that is worth examining.
The muted colors and painterly strokes of Laura Dronzek’s landscapes and still-life paintings invoke the charm and comfort of familiar scenes cloaked in a dreamy haze. Based in Madison, WI, Dronzek received both her BA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has received widespread recognition for her paintings and illustrations
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.