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Artist Laura Talley at Palette Home



PH: Describe a moment you first knew creating art was something you had to do.  

LT: As far back as I can remember, I have been kind of obsessed with “creating” things. I drove my parents crazy with the messes I would leave around everywhere I went. My fifteen year old daughter, Kate, has inherited the “art gene” so now I get to clean up her messes!

PH: What is the best thing you have discovered while creating art?

LT: It never gets boring. The possibilities are limitless and I always have so many new ideas that I couldn’t possibly do them all. Although some painting days are extremely frustrating, I’m always learning something new, even from the “duds”!

PH: How would you say your style changed over the years?  

LT: As with most artists, I spent my earlier painting years trying to hone my realism skills. Once you get the basics down, you can begin to develop your own style. I love using my imagination in painting. I rarely use a paint brush anymore . . . mostly squirt bottles, spackle blades, and sometimes a blow dryer!

PH: We love your original textiles, what inspired you to go that direction?

LT:  I’ve always had a difficult time finding fabrics for home decor that I liked that didn’t cost a fortune, so I thought I’d try my hand at painting my own.  I’ve found some great products which you can paint directly on fabric that don’t feel stiff like paint. More like dye. I love the way the paints behave on the fabric. Each different kind of fabric produces a different effect. I’d love to get more into textile design for home decor. I kind of took a detour into clothing textiles when I made and painted a dress for an art show I was doing and I got more comments on the dress than I did the art!

PH: Do you have a guilty pleasure?

LT: Cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese (Kraft, but not the powder kind).

PH: Where did you grow up?  

LT: I was born in Roanoke, but my family moved around a lot. I ended up boarding at St. Catherine’s in high school.

PH: What is your super power?  

LT: I can paint, empty the dishwasher, talk on the phone, do laundry, and sew all at the same time.

PH: What’s the best advice you ever got from your Dad?  

LT: “Don’t worry.”

PH: When you are 80, what will you tell your daughter?  

LT: “Don’t worry.”

PH: What movie do you have to watch when it’s on, no matter how many times you’ve seen it?  

LT: Forrest Gump or Shawshank Redemption.  I’ve seen them both probably 25 times!

PH: Do you have an organization you are passionate about supporting?

LT: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or JDRF.  My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age ten and I have been involved with fundraising for the foundation since then.  They’re making great strides in their research, and I’m sure it will continue until one day I won’t have to worry about her so much…if I live that long!




See Laura’s full collection of 19 “Blooms” and Textiles at Palette April 2017.

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