Laura McCue has been drawing animals since childhood. Like most young girls,
horses became her favorite subject. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, this
veterinarian's daughter has been surrounded her whole life by animals of all
varieties, from the family's bird dogs to the dolphins and sea lions of
SeaWorld, where her father worked and where she herself had her first job.
In 1998 Laura began taking watercolor and life drawing classes at Crealde
School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. She enrolled in the Student Fellowship
program, which allows students to take classes in exchange for volunteering
with gallery events and assisting the children's class teachers. Shortly
afterward, Laura became the Painting and Drawing Fellow manager, a position she
held for over three years before becoming an adjunct faculty member in the
children's program. She taught printmaking, painting and drawing, and even
photography for four summers at the school's popular ArtCamp, a summer day
camp for children 6 - 14 years. While at Crealde, Laura won several awards at the
annual juried student show and was also awarded outstanding teacher of the year
for her work in the children's program.
When her husband, Jim, retired from the Orlando Police Department in 2006, the couple settled up in the Persimmon area of
beautiful Rabun County, Georgia with their five dogs and 17 cats. With the construction of the above garage studio recently completed, she has begun painting in earnest, making use of the peaceful, natural surroundings.
Laura has painted numerous animal portraits, commissioned by pet owners across the country. She also teaches beginner watercolor
classes in Clayton Georgia in the Purple Door Studio, in Clayton Georgia (behind Timpson Creek Gallery) She is currently one of the curators for The Root Seller, a gallery at the same location.