Laurel Burch was one of these amazing self-taught artists. An American from California, however her life began so far from the "American dream" it could be seen as closer to a nightmare. From desperate beginnings she clung to hope through all kinds of adversity. It is the hope you see in her art, never the adversity!
Her personal life was one of great struggle (she suffered from the painful bone disease osteopetrosis), and left home at age 14 with nothing more than a paper bag of belongings. Already divorced with two children by age 20 she began making jewelry from junk metal and selling it on the street in San Francisco. Her work was popular and she taught herself to paint. Now there are bags, scarves, socks and other items based on her original artwork.
From such humble beginnings Laurel Burch designs became internationally acclaimed. Not seeking personal fortune, and ever aware of the importance of healing, Laurel supported many charities. She died in 2007.
She created the most inspiring works of art that are just filled with joy and hope. The colors swirl and dance, and the creatures she portrayed are filled with fascinating quirks and aspects of character that you can recognize in the real thing.