Laura Larabee was raised on a farm overlooking the Mississippi River near Sabula, Iowa. The inspiration that she gathered from her surroundings led to her art work that she creates today.

She completed a double major Bachelors in both fine art and teaching at Cornell College in Iowa, with later courses at Wayne State in Nebraska. She has also taken workshops by nationally known artists, John Seerey-Lester, Carel P. Brest Van Kempen and J.F. Landsdowne. She taught K-12 art classes in Nebraska for two years before moving to Iowa and opening her own studio. As an artist, Larabee shows her work at art fairs, exhibitions, galleries and through commissions.

Larabee's art work has won many awards including the Rising Star of Galaxy Award at the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Exhibit, and The Artist's Magazine Award of Merit at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, and many regional awards at art fairs. Her paintings have been purchased by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Lions Eye Bank of Iowa University Hospitals, business collections, corporate offices, public institutions, and private homes. Her work may be seen at her home studio, Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City, and Wildes Art Gallery in Tomah, Wisc.

Her current projects include a series of garden paintings based on the Lions Memorial Garden in Iowa City in front of the Iowa City Hospitals. Commissioned by the Lions Eye Bank, these prints may be purchased as a fundraiser to that very good organization. Contact the artist for which prints are available and ordering information.

Larabee is also exploring the road in a pictorial travel series entitled "Scotch Grove to Sabula." The series of paintings and drawings will show landscapes along E-17, one of Iowa's scenic byways. Larabee has amassed images and photos over a course of seven years, and is now painting the ideas into one large showing. Visitors to the exhibitions will be able to travel along with a map the same path that Larabee has traveled, and see the unusual and everyday scenes that she saw. You may see the show at the Ohnward Center and the Pump House (check out show dates for cities and dates).

Larabee resides in Monticello with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she operates a commercial apple orchard with her family, gardens and reads.