Yellow victorian on a quiet street in Cary, North Carolina. Bright spring light shines from the right, illuminating the new growth in the yard and casting an array of shadows across the structure. "I discovered this gem during a plein air outing," says Laura. "I took a lot of pictures and notes, and sketches first, then I started the painting in the studio. I love the structure and color of the building."

- Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen

The House on Blount Street

Acrylic painting on stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

16" h x 20" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 12 oz.



Laura (Yi Zhen) Chen
Cary, North Carolina

Getting to Know Laura (Yi Zhen)

Laura begins the painting process by taking multiple photographs, which she then combines and sketches into one composition. She takes a spontaneous approach to color, and often finds that her final paintings are quite different than her original intentions. As such, her color palette is vibrant and at times unexpected. Laura’s artwork is executed with stylized modernism, featuring heavy outlines and dramatic shadows. Much of her subject matter is architectural. “I especially like historical buildings in my area,” says Laura. “I am fascinated by the geometric shapes of the old buildings, their varieties and repetitions, their dramatic color contrast. To me, their simple structures have personality and dignity.” Laura works best when her studio is clean and well organized, and finds inspiration in the “miles of good paintings” hanging in the world’s great museums.