Laura Kohlmann

As with many artists, drawing was a passion for Laura at an early age. She was often chosen for school drawing projects, and was artist for a literary magazine in high school. Although Laura took electives in Art History and drawing when she could, she earned a BS in Nursing at UMASS Amherst. She used art in her work wherever possible, creating educational illustrations for patient education, and was artist for an underground newspaper at a Harvard teaching hospital called “The Stork Bites.”

Moving to the Hudson Valley in 1978, art continued to take a back seat while career and family were her focus. While encouraging her son to pursue college art programs, Laura’s creativity beckoned.

Laura was particularly drawn to the works of watercolorists such as Mary Evelyn Whitehill and Alice Steer Wilson. She was thrilled when she saw watercolor classes advertised at the Wallkill River School and began taking classes with artist Janet Campbell in 2012. She has since continued classes with WRS artists Janet Campbell, Pat Morgan, Louise McCutcheon, Steve Blumenthal, Lana Privitera, and artist Mim Mills of Milford, CT. She has also taken numerous ‘Painting by the Sea’ workshops with Janet Campbell and Pat Morgan, as well as workshops with watercolorist Robert O’Brien.

Laura has exhibited at art shows with the Art from the Heart Gallery in Marlboro, NY, the Newburgh Library in Newburgh, NY, Wurtsboro Art Alliance, the Northeast Watercolor Society Member shows in Middletown, NY and the Wallkill River School of Art member and senior shows in Montgomery, NY. She had her first solo show at the WRS as an Emerging Artist in 2015.

She is a member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, the Middletown Artist Group, Wurtsboro Art Alliance, Goshen Art League and the Orange County Arts Council.