Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Madness, Magnolias, and Moonlight

This coming Thursday is the opening of Laurie Lee Brom's new show 'Madness, Magnolias, and Moonlight', at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle.

Laurie is the Wife (and often times, Muse) of the well-known illustrator 'Brom'. As often is the case amongst artist couples, Laurie set her art aside for some time in lieu of more practical considerations as the two of them raised a family. But recently, Laurie has rekindled her long-time passion for painting, and has been steadily carving out her own niche in the field... and doing so with great success!

Drawing from her love of Victorian Era fantasy art, Laurie's oil paintings exude a quiet eerie-ness while still maintaining their femininity. She manages to capture a sense of contemplative 'quietness', in both her subjects and her compositions, without being the least bit boring. Her strong design sense, and her sophisticated use of color, give her works a long lasting, graphic appeal.

Laurie Lee Brom grew up in the historical town of Charleston, South Carolina with the local ghost stories and folk tales of the swampy Low County and its rich Gullah culture stirring her imagination. As a child she spent untold hours pursuing critters in the pluffmud of her back yard, playing with Ouija and drawing all sorts of creatures.

She studied art at the College of Charleston and Illustration at Parsons School of Design. She worked in many art related jobs until the birth of her second child, when she embarked on a long sabbatical from art. In 2009 she returned to painting full time and has shown in group shows around Seattle. This is her first solo show. Though now a long-time resident of Sammamish WA, the haunting beauty of her hometown is a common theme in her art. She resides in Sammamish with her art/writer husband.

'Madness, Magnolias, and Moonlight' will run from October 3rd, to November 2nd at Roq La Rue Gallery.

For more information on the exhibit, or to be place on their preview list, visit Roq La Rue's website at: www.roqlarue.com

To view more of Laurie's work, visit her website at: www.laurieleebrom.com


  1. I love her work, I had no idea who she was when I ran across her work for the first time at a Faeriecon. I just knew she was sandwiched between Brom and Daniel Merriam and was awesome.

  2. Wow her work is STUNNING! Egads, so much talent in one household! Thanks for informing us of this perhaps overlooked talent. It takes a lot of drive to raise kids AND return to your passions. So much respect for her on that alone!

  3. So excited I get to go to this show. :}

  4. Her website is definitely worth taking a look at, Great Stuff!