Day in the Life:
Laurie Rae Evans,
Painter / Illustrator

Art has been a passion of mine since childhood, I was always the student constantly doodling in class. Pursuing my curiosity, I graduated from The Laguna College of Art + Design with a Bachelors in Fine Art. Subsequently, I have been involved in teaching and managing painting classes in both Australia and the States. Currently, I am channeling my love for the visual arts as a Teaching Artist with ArtReach San Diego, an exceptional non-profit organization dedicated to bringing visual arts to underprivileged schools across San Diego County. Beyond my teaching role, I dedicate time to my personal artwork, currently focusing on a new series for an upcoming show later this year.

Instagram: @lurae

Laurie Evan's art - portrait of a woman

Describe your art journey!

I’ve always loved art since I was a little girl, I was always the student doodling in class. I took my curiosity further and attended The Laguna College of Art + Design and received my Bachelors in Fine Art. Since then, I’ve taught and managed painting classes both in Australia and the States. I now utilize my passion for the visual arts as an art teacher through ArtReach San Diego. ArtReach is an amazing non profit organization that aims to bring visual arts to underprivileged schools all over San Diego County. I also paint and draw on my own, and am currently working on a new series for an upcoming show at the end of this year.

How do your daily habits affect your creative expression?

The goal is to always try and create everyday for at least 30 minutes. If I’m going through a slump and finding it hard to creatively express myself, I redirect my energy towards work and focus on creating fun and challenging curriculum development for my students.

Laurie Evan's art - abstracted portrait of Laurie

How has art impacted the way you structure your day?

Throughout the work week, I make sure to reserve my evenings, after work, for painting. However, when the weekend rolls in, I find myself most inspired and energetic after lunch. A cool, overcast day in San Diego, though a rarity, is the perfect weather to sit down and paint. Once I immerse myself in that creative space, time tends to elapse without my notice, which is always the best part.

What role does art play in your personal wellness?

Art impacts my well being quite a lot actually. Just like any creative person, I go through periods of artist block which makes me feel agitated and unfulfilled. However, once the fire lights up underneath me, (a saying my dad always liked to tell me) I start to draw and paint daily which comes with a sense of happiness and ease that washes over me. But no matter what phase I am going through, I am constantly recording and gathering inspiration everywhere and everyday.

Laurie Evan's art - painting of a woman in the water in a donut swim ring

What are your favorite creative media and/or subjects?

My ultimate favorite type of art would have to be figurative art.

Who or what has been the biggest influence(s) to you as an artist?

The women in my inner circle have profoundly shaped my art. Moreover, any and all meaningful connections I’ve forged with people throughout my life have also left a lasting impact. Creating art serves as a means for me to process my emotions, invariably stemming from a personal space.

Laurie Rae Evans’s daily routine:

  • 6:30 AM Wake up
  • 7:00 AM Walk my dog
  • 7:30 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Work / teaching art / developing curriculum
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 12:30 PM Resume work
  • 4:30 PM Walk my dog
  • 5:30 PM Boxing class
  • 7:00 PM Shower
  • 7:30 PM Dinner
  • 8:30 PM Down time, Netflix, night doodling
  • 10:30 PM Sleep

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Laurie is a “Featured Artist” in our Owaves app!  Add some creativity to your day by going into “Settings” > “Center Photo” > and turning “Featured Artist” ON. The artist’s selection will show up in the center of your O for each day of the week (unless you select a custom photo).

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