“The forces of Nature have always been my Muse. Growing up in Baltimore, my family would escape the heat by spending several weeks during the summer in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Memories of the surf sparkling like diamonds, the tangled sea grass, and gossamer jelly fish have inspired me. Memories of intensely colored bougainvillea, and swaying palm trees in the sun drenched Caribbean where I visited my parents for several years, also have inspired me. Now living in rural Maryland, surrounded by trees – which I have always had a deep connection with - seeing the patterning of branches against the sky, the lines of tangled vegetation, and the organic shapes of seed pods are inspiring in tandem with my memories of Nature from the past.”
“I have always been drawn to non-representational painting, and have been highly influenced by the paintings of the American Modernists and Abstract Expressionists.”
“I paint in acrylics and prefer to work large because it seems to loosen me up so that I can be more daring in my explorations with paint. I work without a plan or initial sketch preferring to paint intuitively, and quickly. I oftentimes apply paint with a palette knife or squeeze paint directly from a tube onto the canvas to ensure immediacy in my process. My titles are intentionally vague to encourage viewers to have their own individual contemplative experience when viewing my work. People often tell me they feel joy when looking at my paintings; joy is the exact same emotion that I experience when painting!"
Beckie Mirsch Laughlin is an award-winning artist who has had numerous exhibitions of her artwork including large-scale paintings, charcoal drawings, and experimental film installations in the Washington, DC area for the past 40 years. She has had solo shows at Gallery Downs, Wonder Graphics, Stages Premier Realtor Washington as well as a two-person exhibition at the Huber Gallery in Georgetown. Her paintings also have been featured in solo shows at several art centers and colleges including Shepherd University, and the Delaplaine Art Center.
Ms. Laughlin has participated in numerous group shows including at the American University Museum, Arlington Arts Center, Gallery Dupont, Phoenix II, and the Washington Women’s Art Center. She furthermore was associated with both the Jack Rasmussen and the Franz Bader Galleries.
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Ms. Laughlin is an art educator; she facilitates workshops in Spontaneous Painting in her studio in New Market, Maryland. She was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for several years. Previously, she taught at the National Cathedral School and the St. Alban’s School.
Beckie Laughlin received a M.F.A. in Painting in 1973, and a B.A. in Art in 1971 from the American University in
Ms. Laughlin’s artwork is in many private and corporate collections including the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey and at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., in Washington, D.C.