Primarily a watercolorist, Ms. Laudone Harley works figuratively with shapes and spots of color in the tradition of Bonnard, Vuillard and Sargent. In that way she endeavors to integrate the decorative with the authority of human emotion. The subtlety of watercolor draws the viewer in close, and its seeming ephemerality is evocative of memory. The connection is at once intimate and fragile yet powerful. The modesty of the medium and the ordinariness of the subject serve to heighten its emotional universality. Recognizing the humor, the joy, the travail, the melancholy – the spectrum of our human condition — the viewer is asked to consider that, while we are alone, we are profoundly connected to each other by experience and empathy.
Exhibitions include: Solo Exhibition entitled “Chasing History” at the University of Connecticut Stamford Art Gallery 2010 (over 40 watercolors & mixed media pieces).
Group Shows – ARTFIELDS Competiton — 2017, 2016; Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition — 2017 (Award for Best Painting), 2016, 2013; South Carolina Watermedia Annual Exhibition — 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, Awards; SCWS Traveling Exhibition 2016, 2013, 2012; Charleston Artist Guild Exhibiting Member; Westport CT Historical Society, 2011; Flinn Gallery, Greenwich CT 2010 (ten watercolors).
Education: Studied with nationally-known watercolorist, Charles Reid, and at the National Academy of Design in NY; Connecticut College, BA; Columbia University School of Law, JD