Nature sparks Kucharyson's creativity


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Laura Kucharyson has been inspired by the beauty of the outdoors of both Colorado and Florida.

Judy Berman

What Laura Kucharyson loves about painting is the ability to build and build. She does that with oils. But she also does that by telling a story through her art.

She started oil painting as a student when she was 12. Her teacher, Evelyn Adams in Colorado, was a huge influence on her. Then, with her dad’s encouragement, her love of art flourished when he bought her first art box complete with paint supplies.

“I loved the experience of oil because it takes so long for oils to dry and I love taking the time to blend the colors on the canvas and mixing colors. With oils, you can let it dry and paint more.”

Like artist Robert Lebron, whom she studied under for 2½ years, Kucharyson often uses a palette knife in lieu of a brush. His influence can be seen in her painting of  “Roots Go Deep,” one of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Viera.

“I love the look of red leaves piling on the canvas. It’s probably one of my most fun paintings.”

In “Winter in Paris,” horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians navigate the snowy streets near the Arc de Triomphe. Linger a bit at this painting. What does the artist divulge and what more of the story would you, the viewer, like to know?

In her painting, “Autumn in the Mountains,” she captured “the sun shimmering through one spot, illuminating one part of the forest.” The peaceful, solitary setting feels like you’re in church.

Her artwork includes a Scripture verse. Some are easier to spot than others, and she urges people to “let the search begin.”

“It is my passion to continue painting God’s creation and to share this with others,” Kucharyson wrote on her website.

When she lived in Colorado, her landscapes were the result of camping, and being outdoors with her family. Since moving to Melbourne in 2006, she says she is now “obsessed with the water. I go to the ocean and take gobs and gobs of pictures.”

That walk inspired her painting of  “The Wave.” Huge waves were rushing up on the rocks and pounding the shore. She captured that wave coming up.

“It looked like a tsunami,” she said.

When she is out in nature, Kucharyson says she feels like she’s so small.

“I look out and can’t imagine someone not knowing that there is a creator. The majesty of the water. How no wave is the same. Kind of like us.”