McKinleyville Watercolor Artist Lauren Lester Opens Her Studio

“Dolason Prairie in Redwood National Park,” watercolor painting by Lauren Lester

“Dolason Prairie in Redwood National Park,” watercolor painting by Lauren Lester

The public is invited to the second weekend of North Coast Open Studios – June 13-14 – at Lauren Lester’s home in McKinleyville. The event is a great opportunity to meet the landscape artist and explore her painted favorite places. Open Studios is free to the public and a fun way to learn more about artists and what inspires them.

The natural world is Lester’s passion. Her watercolor paintings are inspired by time out of doors on beaches, swimming in wild waters, and exploring mountains and woods. Once home, she enjoys painting from her own photographs. Through these paintings, Lester revisits both the memories and landscapes themselves.

Lester grew up in remote mountains far from distractions of neighbors and electricity. There, she found peace and meaning in nature.

“I was formed by my childhood experiences,” says Lester. “Being in nature slows my life down, and I find inspiration in the scenery, finding a sense of belonging and place for rainy day painting.”

She says painting landscapes connects her to the natural world; it is her gift back to her favorite places. Each painting has a story behind it and carries memories and experiences forward.

Lester’s home studio is located at 2310 Hewitt Road in McKinleyville, and will be open Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. She can be reached at 839-3373 or laurenelester@gmail.com.

She will be joined during the second weekend of North Coast Open Studios by fellow McKinleyville artists Ann Shackleton, JB Maryn and Susan Walsh Harper.

More information about North Coast Open Studios can be found at www.northcoastopenstudios.com or by calling the Ink People Center for the Arts at 442-8413.