My name is Laura Mood. Thank you for exploring my page. About me: By day, full-time, I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing. My free time is dedicated to Layer by Layer Artwork, LLC., a small business that I own which seeks to promote healthy communities and healing through the dissemination of expressive arts. I am a humanitarian and health equity advocate, and I have started this business to make a positive difference in the lives of members of my community. Goal: I have experienced the health benefits of expressive art, and my goal is to ensure others have access and opportunity to engage with the arts as well. I use art at times to express what it is that I cannot easily articulate about the human condition and things I observe in nature. I am an experimentalist. I have no desire to become something else. I enjoy the process of creating art without expectation. My artwork: As a wanderer, my own art portfolio is quite diverse. I am drawn to many, many subjects and questions in life. The majority of my work is reflective of abstract layered experiments composed of various materials or acrylic or watercolor paintings of primarily natural settings, animal portraits, and/or disruptive scenes of some kind intended to pose critical questions. Art is my joy, journal, and a medium through which is helpful for me to communicate. All of my art experiments are created spontaneously, on my own time, at my own will, using whatever medium, and materials are available to me at the time I am inspired. My color selections are dependent upon what I'm feeling as I am creating. My gallery is representative of all that escaped my being through my personal process of creative exploration in a specific moment in time. Every piece is an original. My Professional Experience: I have been a registered nurse for 24 years, and I‘ve been teaching now for 15 of those years. It is my goal to integrate the arts in both my teaching practice and research inquiry as well as to express my nursing experience and feelings about such through art. About expressive arts: It is a practice of using prompts or instructional suggestions, various art mediums, playfulness, and imagination to promote personal growth, community development, and holistic health; that is, wellness and/or healing in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of being human. In my own art, I use various mediums as a platform for expression and the storytelling of individual experience rather than for any specific aesthetic outcome - though this may be an unintentional consequence of such. In other words, I do art (in whatever form I desire), for the sake of the experience, or simply exploring my own imagination and the creative process without judgment. Importantly, engaging in expressive artwork does not require any particular prior experiences, credentials, or skill on the part of individuals, just an openness to exploration and discovery, as we are all artists of our own humanity.
"Restless wanderers, distinguished by their steady light, never twinkle or scintillate, except near the horizon." - L. Mood