Last season, HK Co-Founder Laura Harris was interviewed for vitruvi’s online magazine, Basenotes. The interview took place at Laura’s downtown studio, over a few glasses of wine and she spoke candidly about being an artist, finding inspiration and the new adventure that has been launching Harris Kuipers.
Inspiration isn’t wholly spontaneous—it’s “something you have to make room for,” explains mixed-media acrylic artist Laura Harris. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Harris has been diligently painting full-time for the last two decades.
Her workspace is a bright and airy studio on the top floor of a heritage building downtown. The walls are covered in her paintings of all sizes: dreamy, abstract sets of blues, whites, and greens that look more like fuzzy memories or distant impressions of landscapes as opposed to specific locations.
“It really is a practice for me, and inspiration comes to me when I actually make time and space to create,” says Harris. Looking around her studio, one notices that there aren’t notebooks, boxes holding onto scraps of inspiration, or photos pinned up as a guide. “I feel a little caged if I’ve got something realistic to look at,” she continues. “I just come to the canvas and come straight from emotion, rather than any reference.”