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This website is a selection of my mixed media artwork, inspired by places I've been, things I've seen and felt. I create artworks by using a selection of collaged paper-based ephemera as the basis, then building up layers of mixed media and paint. I don't often plan the final outcome of my artwork, it's just channelled from somewhere I can't define and wouldn't want to. I have been painting and drawing as long as I can remember.
You can find my work exhibited, or online via Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. I sell original artworks, prints of my original artworks via Etsy, Amazon, & Saatchi art and take commissions via this website. I also run mixed media workshops.
Laura Callaghan Grooms doesn't remember a time in her life when she wasn't painting or drawing. She grew up by the seaside near Margate in Kent, and remembers a childhood of drawing with pastels in her Nan's garden, felt-tipping every piece of paper she stumbled across, stashing arts materials like treasures in the well-organised chaos of her bedroom, and sketching family members as they sat watching the TV.
Now based in Brighton, her artwork is still inspired by the places she's been and the things she's seen and felt. Using a selection of collaged paper-based ephemera as the basis, she builds up mixed media, found objects and different varieties of paint, to create finished works with delicate translucent layers of interest.
She takes inspiration from the natural world for her artworks, which reflects her passion for recycling and reviving found objects. A particular focus of her current work is reuse of 'ghost gear' washed up on her local beach (any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded) which often entangles sea creatures with devastating effects. Her 'Untangled' artwork was endorsed by Sir David Attenborough in 2016 as part of the World Cetacean Alliance's 'Creations for Cetaceans' programme.
Her work invites curiosity and highlights the important issues facing the world today, particularly looking at the human impact on the systems that we are all intrinsically linked to in the world. She hopes that her art highlights issues which can bring about attitude and behaviour change, and believes strongly in positive action through art.