Laine Bachman

"These works expose unique environments in which I explore and pay homage to various forms of life I find fascinating and mysterious in nature. I use vast landscapes to showcase these life forms, showing the spaces between and the surfaces above and below. The worlds I create are hidden and untouched by man, and give the viewer a glimpse into the secret lives of their peculiar inhabitants. There are many niches with animals hiding within the work that might not be noticed at first glance. Whether it's a desert, forest, or coral reef I include a variety of plants and animals that could reside in those realms. Through the process of creating these intricate realms, I’ve become more instinctive and intuitive in the way I approach my paintings, almost as if this new body of work is my "Second Nature.” - Laine Bachman


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Laine Bachman Paintings (16-works)
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Laine  Bachman Garden Guests
Garden Guests
acrylic on canvas
68 x 48 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Undeserted
Undeserted
acrylic on canvas
50 x 66 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Bayou
Bayou
acrylic on canvas
18 x 36 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Below The Mangrove
Below The Mangrove
acrylic on canvas
42 x 42 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Canopy
Canopy
acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Catterfly Cheshire
Catterfly Cheshire
acrylic, gold foil on canvas
6 x 6 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Catterfly tawny
Catterfly Tawny
acrylic, gold foil on canvas
6 x 6 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Diamond  Forest
Diamond Forest
acrylic on canvas
50 x 48 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Floral with Shells
Floral with Shells
acrylic on canvas
28.25 x 20.25 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Garden of Elsewhere
Garden of Elsewhere
acrylic, gold foil on canvas
24 x 20 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Greenery
Greenery
acrylic on canvas
18 x 36 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Ground Cuckoo
Ground Cuckoo
acrylic on canvas
14 x 23 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Night Catchers
Night Catchers
acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Somewhere in the Sea
Somewhere in the Sea
acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Strawberry Frog
Strawberry Frog
acrylic on canvas
12.75 x 10.75 x 1.5 in
Laine  Bachman Sundews
Sundews
acrylic on canvas
17 x 11 x 1.5 in

Laine  Bachman

Laine Bachman

Laine Bachman Biography

Laine Bachman earned her degree in Fine Arts at the Columbus College of Art and Design. 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.

Laine Bachman Description

My artwork is a blend of whimsical themes and decorative motifs.  The themes are often inspired by myths and folklore, beliefs and misconceptions. I infuse these different ideas with archetypal images to create a deeper story within the world I create.

Subjects that have a dual nature or symbolic meaning are intriguing to me.  I’m moved by the multiple connotations that things can emulate depending on how they’re seen. Representations of life, death, beauty, innocence and evil are depicted in my work by certain elements and creatures that I include.  Whether it’s animals, bugs, and 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.  Whether they are received as a scary pest or a beneficial friend, they are all an integral part of the ecosystem in the natural world and in my paintings.

I use portraits to tell a story about a person and where they are on a journey.  The women in my work have similar traits and people often ask if they are self-portraits. I tend to super-impose myself into them subconsciously without seeing the resemblance until later.  Hypothetically, they are all somewhere that I’ve been or would like to be. By placing them in an environment surrounded with nature and creatures, a narrative is created and a dialog between the person and their surroundings begins to unfold.  The situations that are depicted become a metaphor of my own life experiences.

The borders evolved as a way for me to ‘frame’ my work.  I never liked limiting myself with a hard line from taping my work down, so I decided to create my own edges to work with. Inspired by Art Nouveau and patterns found in nature, the motifs surrounding the work bring a decorative and illustrative aspect to my work.  I like to make the images overlap and extend beyond the parameters of the borders so they seem to emerge beyond the ‘frame’.  They become less restricted from being two-dimensional and contained.

My work has evolved through the years from doing very realistic still lifes to more surreal and ethereal works. My attention to detail and love of the medium of watercolor has always fueled my desire to do something new and different each time I put something on paper.  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.  It’s a pleasure to hear what is interpreted from my work; every story is always different and unique.

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