My paintings stem from my unconscious without an imposed agenda or control; rather I allow my intuition to guide me as much as possible. In the process of painting, I remain unaware of the direction the painting is taking me and what the end result would or could be. However, my unconscious mind brings forth memories of my urban and natural surroundings and the corresponding imagery enters into my paintings. Although it varies if the imagery/expression is more Street Art-like or that of abstracted naturalism, the paintings consistently make apparent: the organizational use of the formal elements of art, the influence of the Abstract Expressionists’ paintings, and an ineffable meaning that cannot be expressed through words.
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 was an art educator; she facilitated workshops in Spontaneous Painting in her studio in New Market, Maryland. She served as 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 Washington, D.C.
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.