Laura Coombs Hills

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Larkspur, Peonies and Canterbury Bells
pastel on paperboard, 72.39 x 60.01 cm (28 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.)

For today's inspiration I want to share an extraordinary still-life artist, Laura Coombs Hills.

I think her work speaks for itself, however I found this quote to be an apt description of her work. In the November 23rd, 1939 Boston Herald an editorial stated: “Somehow she manages to bring dancing sunlight and vibrant atmosphere within the four walls and to soak her flowers in it."

So true, her work just sizzles with the warm glow of sunshine.

Her career as a floral still-life artist started after a successful career as a miniture portaitist, and was very successful with having annual exhibitions that were well attended.

If you are interested in reading more about her life and art check out this link to a catalog preview, it has some great introductory essays. And here is a link to exhibition catalogues available for sale.

Bowl of Pansies
Pastel on paper/board, sight size 9 1/2 x 11 in
Pastel, 10 5/8" x 11 3/8"
Pink Dahlias
Still Life of Flowers
Pastel on Paper,14 x 12 in.