Laurie Maves’ non-traditional career path has evolved extensively in her nearly 50 years on the planet. She began her study of studio art at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1990’s. Unsure of her how to launch her career, she traveled to Ireland to wait tables followed by stevedoring in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. During her travels, she realized she wanted to use her love of art to help people in some way. Subsequently, she studied art therapy and received her master’s degree from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.
Upon graduation she moved to Denver, Colorado, and worked as an art therapist for a wide variety of venues including but not limited to nursing homes, pre-school day treatment programs, cancer centers and kindergartens. Throughout the two decades Maves spent in Colorado she was constantly drawing and painting, finding a niche for and successfully selling her work in the community. She established more than 500+ collectors of her stylized representational work, mostly without gallery representation. In 2008 Maves painted with three other artists live at Red Rocks Amphitheater for a crowd of 10,000 people, and developed as a somewhat “celebrity” live performance painter in the region.
Tiring of Denver, she radically changed her surroundings and moved to the Sun Coast of Florida in 2017. In Sarasota, she enrolled in a three-day intensive intuitive painting workshop with German artist Bernd Haussmann that positively changed and overhauled the nature of her painting in a most exciting and necessary way. She found a new love for large-scale intuitive abstract painting, which not only constantly explored the deeply personal subconscious, but also challenged her boundaries of media, color, mark making, and composition. She found that she wanted to share the enlightenment of the creative process with others in a whole new way, and established her own Arts and Art Therapies Studio, “The 11th Orange,” in the spring of 2019. Here she encourages others to make their own creative journeys and to “find freedom in a brush,” similarly as she has through large-scale free themed abstract painting.