This is Lauren, or Lolo, Jie-ye (pronounced “G-yay”).
My work, paintings, and drawings are about my passion for wildlife (including plants and humans) and psycho-emotional climates (including those of non-human animals).
I graduated from UCSC with a degree in Visual Art, exploring sculpture, illustration, and painting. I discovered some of my favorite abstract painters while on a year-long study abroad in Bordeaux, France.
Before fully devoting myself to painting, I taught 4th grade in San Jose and later Elementary Art in Watsonville...while my dog taught me the value of having an animal family member. Growing up with him and continuing to grow after his passing inspired my commission-based project, "Between Us Portraits." The process for these portraits begins with a heart-centered client interview about their story with their pet, which inspires a painting of that relationship. I use a hybrid of photorealism and empathy-inspired abstraction to commemorate what I find is most meaningful about having an animal family member: our spiritual-emotional connection with them.
When I’m not at an easel, I might be ecstatic-dancing, practicing yoga, or seeking inspiring interaction with my wild neighbors at the beaches, breweries, forests, and farms around my home in the Santa Cruz mountains.