Born in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Waller received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Concurrent with her studies in sociology, psychology, and social work, she developed a passion for art and art history. Dividing her schedule between her two studios in Maine and Florida, Laura Waller paints full-time and is currently working on her new series, “Port of Tampa Bay.”
Artist's Statement A Florida resident since childhood with a studio in Tampa for over twenty years, I chose the “Port of Tampa Bay,” a major Florida industrial port, as the subject for my new series. The port is closed to the public but with great resolve and assistance, I finally received clearance. Visually documenting this part of America’s industry, with its global connections, is important to me. To my knowledge there is no other painter working today who has used this port as a primary influence, so it was important for me to capture the port’s moment in Tampa’s history.