Lauren Kuhn grew up in the small, seaside town of Duxbury where her mother, especially, always encouraged and supported her early interest in the arts. After graduating from Villanova University, she worked in education and graphic design before choosing to pursue the path of a full-time fine artist in 2013. Now living in Emmaus, Lauren serves as the vice president of the Emmaus Arts Commission, a group that focuses on developing art events and enhancing an appreciation of the arts in the community. For the majority of her work, Lauren specializes in creating custom, commissioned oil paintings that offer opportunities to capture a ‘moment’ in lieu of a basic likeness. In 2016, Lauren was named an Art Pop artist by Art Pop Street Gallery and The Banana Factory, and she was excited to represent emerging and professional artists from the state of Pennsylvania in the 2017 Art of the State Exhibit at The State Museum in Harrisburg. Lauren regularly shows her paintings in national juried shows, competes in Plein Air Festivals across Pennsylvania, and seeks opportunities to use her art to help those in her community. In Emmaus, you can see her custom mural work in person at Turn the Page (via a series of murals and a selection of paintings) and Lets Play Books (she painted the third floor stairwell). She also sells her non-commissioned paintings online through DailyPaintworks.com.
As a self-taught painter, it is important to ‘lose myself in my work’ and just paint it all out. I prefer to paint in Alla Prima in oil but to employ depth-enhancing glazing techniques when working in acrylics. I prefer subjects that are ordinary yet beautiful, simple yet complicated. Macro-focused paintings are my favorite; zoom in on many everyday objects and they suddenly become something else entirely, especially in paint once the colors are exaggerated and manipulated. I hope that my work reminds viewers of why they love art in the first place — for the beauty, the singularity, and the authenticity of it. In the end, I simply choose to work hard and remain as prolific as possible at my easel. Every path to artistic success is different and I’ve chosen to forge my own – by not thinking so much, and just painting.