Colorful yet methodical chaos swim across Laura McGuigan‘s paintings, which seek to express true emotions. As a way to navigate her own anxiety and depression during her former career, McGuigan took to painting as an outlet. The self-taught painter uses a combination of materials to create her pieces. The variety of strokes, colors, and texture that she uses on canvas guides the eye through a tangle of emotions.

In some paintings, inky jewel tones ooze with feelings of depth and possibly pain, while splashes of brighter whites and pinks abstractly spill across the canvas. In others, warmer desert-like tones blush the canvas with ease. No matter the combination of colors, shapes, or patterns, it is clear that McGuigan gets her message across. Like the art of Rothko or Pollock, they capture your attention in the many folds and layers, guiding you on an emotional rollercoaster, sweeping down and then climbing back up again.

Laura McGuigan’s most recent show, It Looks Easier Than It Is, was displayed at Latela Art Gallery in Washington, DC.

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