Laura Nelson painted live as part of the Art Beat's Summer Art Walk.

Laura Nelson painted live as part of the Art Beat's Summer Art Walk.

Local artist paints for an audience

Last week, local artist Laura Nelson hosted a live painting session as part of the Art Beat’s Summer Art Walk.

Last week, local artist Laura Nelson hosted a live painting session as part of the Art Beat’s Summer Art Walk.

Dozens of art enthusiasts made their way to Clawhammer Letterpress last Wednesday evening for her acrylic canvas painting demonstration.

“It was my first time doing something like that,” Nelson admitted. “I was a little bit nervous because I’m a very private painter, but it felt good.”

Born and raised in Fernie, Nelson said the natural beauty of the small town inspires her paintings.

“The landscape is a really important subject matter for me,” she noted.

Although Nelson has been canvas painting since 2003, she said she still has room to grow as an artist.

“I’ve learned a lot from others who shared their knowledge,” she said. “I’m certainly only a student and will be forever.” She went on to say, “I’m always keen to share ideas and hopefully inspire other people that are interested in painting.”

Local painter Pamm Ciupa will be hosting a live painting session tonight in front of Fernie City Hall as part of the Art Beat’s Summer Art Walk program.