Laurie has walked, cycled, run, and fished across most parts of Britain and western Europe for the last fifty years. All this time he has drawn and painted, filling many sketchbooks with images and memories of our beautiful lands. For almost as long he has been a professional artist and teacher specializing as a printmaker making the classic copperplate aquatint etchings and also the more esoteric collagraphs.
The etchings are delicate tonal essays in light and atmosphere, usually two precisely drawn plates contributing colour and form to make a balanced and harmonious whole. On moving back to Norfolk from Devon in 2002 Laurie resumed his connection with the East Anglian landscape.
The old towns of Norfolk and Suffolk excited his interest in depicting the human history of the area but the marshes, dunes, rivers and especially the Brecks satisfied the appeal of the wilder places. The great spaces of heathland divided by isolated farmsteads, ancient barrows and earthworks, punctuated with gnarled Scots Pine shelterbelts and blocks of conifers are fascinating in their mystery.
Laurie has exhibited widely over the years including R.A. Summer Exhibition, RWA Bristol, “Art in Action” Oxfordshire, Eastern Open, Norwich Castle and with Norwich 20 Group and Norwich Printfair.