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Statement and Bio





New Market, MD



The forces of Nature have always been my Muse. Growing up in Baltimore, my family would escape the summer heat by spending several weeks in Beach Haven, New Jersey.  Memories of sparkling surf, tangled sea grasses, and gossamer jelly fish later inspired me as an artist. During travels to the Caribbean where my father worked for several years, scenes of brightly colored bougainvillea, and the dazzling turquoise-blue Caribbean waters became imbedded in my memory and to this day still serve as fodder for my paintings. Now living in rural Maryland, surrounded by trees: the web of branches against the sky, tangled vegetation, blossoms, and seed pods serve as inspiration in tandem with earlier life memories.

Abstract Expressionist paintings have also been a source of inspiration; especially those by Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollack.

I paint in acrylics without a plan preferring to work intuitively. I apply paint with various sized brushes, and palette knives as well as by applying paint directly from the tube.  My titles are intentionally left vague to encourage viewers to have their own contemplative experience when viewing my work.

Beckie Mirsch Laughlin is an award-winning artist who has shown her work in New York City and Chicago and has exhibited in the DMV for the past 50 years. Her artwork is included in many private and corporate collections including the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Ms. Laughlin’s artwork has been featured in various print media including the Baltimore Sun, and in television interviews.

Laughlin was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for several years. She now teaches Spontaneous Painting in her New Market, Maryland studio.  

Beckie Laughlin received a M.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art from the American University in Washington, D.C.