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Alumni

Alumna is an artist to watch

September 22, 2011
by Paul Miller

Painting the landscape

The landscape to Laura Carpenter Truitt (’12) is alive with tension and tranquility, chaos and order. Some of her larger paintings – one work called Path measures 6 by 7 feet – seem to invite people to step into her landscape and spend time with her visions of the world.

Carpenter Truitt, who was named an "Artist to Watch" by Southwest Art Magazine in 2007, works in oil on canvases large and small in presenting her intimate and vibrant artistry.

Vibrant place for the arts

Although Carpenter Truitt has been painting for years and is a represented artist at Translations Gallery in Denver’s historic LoDo District, her academic career at CSU has helped her stay tuned to a wide range of genres as well as advance her own painting.

“Working with undergraduates and the teaching experience alone have been invaluable,” she says. “I’ve learned so much about the history of painting, different genres, and how other artists work.

Ingrained artistry

“The art department is so vibrant. I’ve really enjoyed the atmosphere of learning and sharing.”

She also learned from her grandfather, George Streeter, a psychoanalyst and watercolor painter who inspired her with his love of art and the devotion required to pursue it. “He’s 93 years old and blind now, but he still paints as an exercise in meditation and because it’s just ingrained in him to be creative,” she says.

After graduating from Goucher College in Maryland in 2002, Carpenter Truitt worked at her craft, showed and sold her work, then was a resident at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson in 2007.

“You eat, sleep, and do art, and I loved it,” she says.