Since my grandmother gave me a set of japanese watercolors when I was a very young child in Vermont I've had the bug to create. When I was a kid I really wanted to be either/or a wildlife painter or childrens' book illustrator so hence the inspiration for a lot of images up in my gallery! I did spend a few years in the early 90s making my living as a animal portraitist and I really enjoyed that immensely.
Life goes on and I attended Parsons's School of Design in NYC where I was told my strength lay in design but I should persue a minor in illustration as well. So I did. As a child the big cats and birds of prey were my fascination. They still are... (especially after a horseback safari trip through the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa 2 years ago...) but I got the horse bug the first time I rode one twenty plus years ago (In Central Park in New York City.. but that's another story!)
I left the Big Apple and moved to Colorado where we now have a small farm in the foothills of Northern CO. We are owned by 2 lovely Morgan mares who my husband and I do everything from eventing, dressage, ranch work, parades, Australian bullwhip cracking exhibitions, trail riding and more. They are are our best friends and truly special. I guess it comes down to I am an 'animal" person not a people person at heart so hence so many critters in my gallery! I've had my own design/illustration studio now for about 20 years, specializing in the horse and music industries. I got into digital art/3d about 3 years ago mostly for fun. It's been a nice break from advertising and website work.
My design business portfolio (LLPrindle Design) can be seen at www.llprindle.com, and for those who would like to visit my farm "Little House Under a Big Sky Ranch" and my Morgan horses you can visit http://www.lhuabs.net/littlehouse/index.html.
Thanks for coming to visit!
Laurie (aka cwrw)
Photo of Laurie and Juanita by Carol Walker, Living Images (www.livingimagescjw.com)