Laura Pond
I have always approached life with an artistic bent, seeing patterns and color schemes everywhere I am go. Throughout my successful professional life as a paralegal in Chicago, I have continued to work mornings, evenings and weekends in a variety of media including textile arts and painting. Chemical sensitivities led me to working with colored pencils, a medium that I have been working with for four years. My colored pencil work is defined by a gift for color, an intricate attention to detail and artistic abstraction. I remain employed full time in the public sector but devote all of my off-duty time to creating abstract designs full of glorious color.

The tools that I use in my art work include wax based Prismacolor Premier pencils, oil based Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils, soft lead Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Prismacolor Verithin pencils for outlining. While I flesh out my drawings in a sketchbook, I always create my final drawings on Bristol Vellum paper and love to use the 23” x 30” size paper. This paper makes the pencils glide across them with ease. I don’t like to plan too much when I am creating a drawing but I will plan out the direction of the movement. Planning stifles my creativity. The placement of color is intuitive for me and I can get lost in a drawing for 16 hours without being aware of the passage of time. It is an emotional high for me. While I draw general psychedelic subjects, within the psychedelic genre I will also be drawing phosphenes, kaleidoscopes, fractals and mandalas.

The inspiration for my art is the 1960s. I love the art of the era, the fashions, fabrics and the music. Artists of that era that inspire me include Peter Max, John Van Hamersveld, Wes Wilson, Bridget Riley and Victor Moscoso. Contemporary artists that I like include Matthew Apple, Wolfe Kahn, Michael Leu, and Janet Fish. Looking at their work inspires me to pick up a few pencils and start drawing. Other favorite artists include Wayne Thiebaud, Piet Mondrian and M. C. Escher.