As a young child growing up in a once flourishing town in the Rust Belt of Ohio, Laine Bachman always had an affinity towards drawing and painting. Her parents encouraged her creativity from the beginning which led to her to attending art school in nearby Columbus, receiving a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in painting in 1997.
Often inspired by myths and folklore, Bachman infuses the worlds she creates with archetypal imagery, underlying themes, decorative motifs, and meticulous details. Working in watercolor and acrylics, her paintings are full of creatures and landscapes, real or imagined, that are all part of the larger story behind her work. Bachman's work, recogized as Magical Realism, is greatly influenced by Henri Rosseau and his flat, lush and detailed landscapes and also by surrealist Frida Kahlo.
Representations of life, death, beauty, innocence and evil are depicted in Bachman's work. Whether it’s animals, insects, birds or favored objects, they become symbols of different expressions. As owls are a symbol for wisdom or butterflies can represent a transformation, it’s this kind of idea behind the creatures that helps them tell a part of the whole story.
The works expose unique environments in which to explore and pay homage to the various forms of life that Bachman finds fascinating and mysterious in nature. Vast landscapes are used to showcase these life forms, showing the spaces between and the surfaces above and below. The worlds she creates are hidden and untouched by man, and give the viewer a glimpse into the secret lives of their peculiar inhabitants.
My work has evolved through the years from doing very realistic still life scenes to more surreal and ethereal works. In the past I’ve worked primarily in watercolor but made the transition to working in acrylics. There was an immediacy that was similar between the mediums and I found acrylics offered me more freedom in creating the work. I can layer acrylics much in the same way I do watercolor, but I am able to change and edit things as I go. The painting happens more organically and it has led me to making more complex and layered compositions within my work. It’s a constant endeavor to reach past my own limitations and create works that can speak to someone beyond the surface of what’s really there.
Laine Bachman earned her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1997. Upon graduating, she stayed in Columbus and has continued painting for the past 20 years.
Throughout the years Laine has had work included in several juried exhibitions and group shows at numerous galleries as well as the Southern Ohio Museum of Art, and her work has garnered a number of awards and is in many private collections.