"This painting was inspired by the place where I got to stay while I was waiting for housing: The Butterfly Pavilion at Rusk Ranch Nature Center. I did volunteer work here with the Monarch butterfly. The milkweed is the only plant the caterpillars of the Monarch eat so their preservation is important to prevent extinction of this pollinator whose numbers have declined due to pesticides."
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Cave Junction, OR
“As soon as I got home from the hospital one of the first things I tried was painting. I knew my drawing ability had been affected but I could not imagine never painting again so my style changed considerably. I stopped focusing on drawing and started to work with colors and textures. I would love to make this my career.”
Laura Kupac is originally from Brazil. After debilitating health issues in 2013 - two brain aneurysms and a stroke - she had to relearn basic life skills such as walking, talking, dressing, and feeding herself. Her drawing skills were seriously affected due to damage to the parietal part of her right brain and she initially thought she would never be able to paint again. With a lot of discipline and effort, Laura is developing her current style. Her creations are a reflection of her determination to overcome her new challenges. Art has helped Laura regain her confidence and self-esteem while adapting to the changes in her life.
Formerly a resident of Seattle, Laura has relocated to Cave Junction, Oregon, where she was able to secure housing. She has used art as a form of rehabilitative therapy to help improve her coordination, mobility, and to relieve anxiety and stress. She is constantly experimenting with different art materials and techniques to make it easier to create since the entirety of her art must be done with one hand.
When she is not painting, Laura enjoys cooking and gardening. Laura is thrilled to share her artwork on ArtLifting’s platform and hopes that her story will be an inspiration to others.
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