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“Can you hear a distant drum
Bouncing on the laughter of a melody?
And does the rhythm tell you come, come, come, come,
Does your spirit do a dance to this symphony?
David Michael Rudder
Trinidadian-born female artist, Laura Nicole Simonette, is motivated by this passion of past, present and futuristic vision to create her works of art. Born with natural art appreciation, she became inspired by her domestic environment of unique African artifacts and the beautifully adorned original African fabrics that were her mother’s daily dress.
Shifting careers from Executive Secretary, Laura Nicole – at that time a self taught artist – had her first solo exhibition in 1994, featuring batiks, tie-dye and hand painted jerseys. She also showed in the early years of the Women in Art shows, in 101 Art Gallery’s Annual Watercolour exhibitions, Studio 66 Annual Emancipation art displays and in various Trinidad and Tobago Art Society exhibitions.
With the recognition of ability, her formal education of Art began as a Pre-Foundation course at Camden School of Art in London, England. She then completed a Foundation course at the University of Westminster, also in London. Subsequently returning home, Laura Nicole graduated and earned her B.A. Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and now teaches Visual Art at East Mucurapo Secondary School.
Her paintings are brightly colored and textured, inspired by the early post-impressionism of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and by modern artist Jackson Pollock. Laura Nicole’s introduction to art and her recognition is also owed to local artist, Embah, and others such as Gregory Williams,Paul Kain and Glen Roopchand.
With her multi-talented skills in various media, Laura Nicole Simonette is working diligently towards her next solo exhibition to be held in 2012.