Welcome to my site! I'm Lauren, a New Yorker who loves animals, painting, crafting, travel, and a good book. My shop is called Wandering Laur because nothing thrills me more than traveling, exploring, learning, and, well, wandering.
When I was a little girl, I loved animals and art so much that I used to tell anyone who asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up that I wanted to be a "veterinarian with pictures all over the walls," but ultimately, I'd rather wield a paintbrush than a scalpel.
Watercolors are my medium of choice. I think it allows me to best capture the expressions of my animal subjects, and getting that face, those eyes, or little ears or curl of tail, just right.
Many of the originals of the dog and cat prints in my shop currently hang in my father's animal hospital, in Rockaway Beach, New York. The hospital was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and when it was rebuilt and reopened, I created watercolor paintings of my favorite breeds of dog and cat to adorn the new walls.
Whether hung singularly or in groups or rows, these unique paintings make wonderful gifts for nurseries, children's rooms, or to commemorate and honor a beloved pet. I hope my work brings as much cheer and warmth to your life as it does mine. Inquire about a commissioned piece created just for you!