We're back with a 'Track to the Future' mural update! Another incredible mural has now been completed by the talented Laura Woermke, a local artist and Executive Director of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. Find Laura's masterpiece at the Joe Thornton Community Centre, looking sharp on a red brick backdrop and reminiscent of her popular style of landscape painting!
Artist Profile: Laura Woermke
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
As an artist, I aim to keep the mystery alive in my work as much as possible. This reflected not only in the questions I ask, but also by keeping an open mind about how art can engage the world.
How do you make your art/murals? What technique do you enjoy the most?
With a BFA from the University of Windsor specializing in print making, I approach all mediums and art making in a similar way by developing the artwork utilizing different mediums, colours and textures. The dark outlines encompass the vibrant colours and the use of thin and thick lines creating depth.
What are your thoughts on the Jumbo story?
The story of Jumbo the Elephant is tragic but the mural project commemorating the great elephant will keep the story alive. It gives us the opportunity to learn from our past and as we move forward, develop respect and kinder ways of treating wild animals.
Recognized as a figurative and landscape painter, Laura's technique includes a tradition of strong design with patterns of colour and form, and a pervasive sense of personal style.
As an artist, Laura aims to keep the mystery alive as much as possible. This reflected not only in the questions she asks, but also by keeping an open mind about how art can engage the world. This honesty leads to new discoveries, new accidents, and further engagement with the questions. Her work, like the world and people that inhabit it, is multifaceted.
The ‘Track to the Future’ mural project is coordinated by Railway City Tourism in collaboration with Andrew Gunn Consulting and young & free press with generous financial support from the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.