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Laura Louise Launey LaHaye lives in Lafayette, Louisiana and loves lambs!
Painting for Laura began over 20 years ago. She took about 12 lessons from the amazing Gae Siadous. About 9 years ago, she started painting 'every now and then' as she worked on her 'From His Hands' collection as a tribute to the Catholic priesthood and Sacraments.
For over 17 years, Laura worked as a Registered Nurse and a Nationally Certified Catholic Youth Minister. There was just no time for painting. But in July of 2012, Laura moved from Youth Ministry and accepted a position at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist as the Coordinator of Evangelization and Outreach. She had more free time in the evenings and weekends to start splattering the paint and...loves every minute of it.
Laura paints what is in her heart. She is deeply spiritual but has a child-like zest for life and professes to see God 'in just about everything.'
'Painting is like any other vein of art...the creations come from an inspiration deep within. It's a gift that I treasure and thank God for daily. One of my most memorable and inspiring moments was spending an evening with my favorite artist, Edna Hibel. I cried when I met her...I felt like a groupie in her presence. She told me to minister through my painting. That lit a fire in me...especially when Edna held my paint brushes. She even autographed one!
I LOVE helping people to discover their ability to paint almost as much as I love painting. Especially exciting is when someone - who has never even held a paint brush - joins my class. I get so FANTASTICALLY ELATED when I watch and hear them during a moment of discovery. It's just so awesome! I get sooo excited for them! Yup...it's usually a moment of high-fives and tears. I love it! C'est bon!'