Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Man's legacy to the generations that folow us is not only to protect one of our closest living relatives, the Orangutan, but also the planet's tremendous biodiversity.

Endangered c 1995 Laura Goetz, is my favorite watercolor painting, created as a self-promotional illustration and later published in the Directory of Illustration.  It represents one of my passions and goals: to bring about social awareness through my art, and educate the public about protecting the Orangutan.  All rights reserved, registered and copyrighted to Laura Goetz. Check back for more pictures, facts, and links about endangered species.
 Chapter 1, 

My mother lay perfectly still.

Her eyes are open, but she doesn’t see me.
I scream so loud, the world must hear my cry!

Only the birds replied,
Screeching a warning to go. Hurry. Hide.

The smell of danger is approaching.
I cling to big red’s sticky wet hair, but she cannot protect me.

The poachers have returned.

 More to come...
***Orangutans are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
They resemble us in facial expression, gesture and many other ways.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Laura Goetz exhibits at The Art League of Long Island

The Art League of Long Island presents:
A Common Theme: Portraiture

An Exhibition of Portraits and Figures
Exhibition Juror, Burton Silverman
May 20 through June 17, 2012

My entry titled "Man," was accepted.
Artists' Reception:
Sunday, May 20, 3-5pm

The Art League of Long Island
107 E.Deer Park Rd.
Dix Hills, NY 11746
631 426 5400 for more info:

Artists were able to enter up to two works, only
one would be accepted.  Below is my second entry,
titled, "Young Nun." Both are conceptual painting,
which depict opposite personalities.  This painting
was done with water colors, black paper and beads.
The red headed man, was done with water colors
and black designers gouache.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The fine art of illustration

Some days you are inspired and spoken to, by the powers of the universe. So listen up, and don't ignore the signs. Sunday, May 6th was one of those days... My friend Deb and I went to a great fabric store in NYC, called The City Quilter on 25th St.. Not far from FIT. I can't sew but have always loved fabrics.
I was a textile artist, designer for 12 years. Needless to say, we didn't leave empty handed... I have been slowly developing my art to : combine my watercolors with flat shapes and adding pattern with either material or some kind of mixed media. Crazy as it sounds, this path and direction was being shown to me, and nudging me on, all during the day. We later went to the monthly CBIG meeting and the Senoir Art Director, Patti Ann Harris and Editor-in-Chief, Liza Baker, from Little Brown And Company gave a very informative talk about what they publish and are looking for.  Great stories and fabulous artists! They also encouraged us all to develop our creativity, try new things, experiment with mixed media, keep a sketch book or journal and work on evolving our art! I felt like they were talking to me, even though they did not review our porfolios. They were super guest speakers... and I would love to work on a project with them.  Moving forward, we all had a laugh when this gallery invitation fell from the sky????. I don't know why I got it or where it came from, one of those - you had to be their moments. A fun day, with great Thai food, (Thanks again to, Marilyn ) good friends, and inspiration. The painting of the little boy, (my son Jason) blowing out the birthday candles is a direction I want to continue in with my illustration and fine art.  I will be participating in a few up coming gallery shows, and working on some new pieces as well.