Laurie Simko is a painter who is closely connected to nature and the natural world. She works with oil on canvas or board, and explores a variety of subject matter. Laurie’s current series of paintings called “Lush Life” celebrates the swirl of life found in the streams, marshes, bogs and woods around me. The focus is the microview of the natural world with its rhythmic flow of vibrant colors, textures and random shapes. This microview allows for a combination of both realism and abstraction of organic forms in their varying stages of growth. The chaos and order provided in the world around us offer a view into the energy, motion and flow of our lush life matter.