I take inspiration from the landscape and the natural world around me, and from the magical way light ignites color in all it touches. I have lived in Western North Carolina most of my life. Despite this, I am still caught off guard by the stunning, unbelievable beauty of this place. These mountains are so familiar to me but, every time I step out into them, I feel as though I am stepping into another world. In my painting, I try to capture that joyous, incongruous feeling of familiarity and surprise, of being very much at home and being… somewhere else.
Lauren Waterworth grew up in Watauga County, North Carolina. She minored in Studio Art at Appalachian State while pursuing a major in Geology. She continued her education “Off the Mountain”, earning a Master’s in Geology from Texas A&M University (2004) and a JD from Tulane University Law School (2007).
Between grad school and law school, Lauren spent the summer of 2004 working in the retail store of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, which turned out to be a great place to find both art supplies and a future husband. In 2007 she married Alex Waterworth (an artist, himself, and son of sculptor Sherry Edwards). In 2014 they welcomed their vivacious daughter Viviane into the world.
By day, Lauren is a Senior Lecturer in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department at Appalachian State, with a professional focus on Environmental Law and Regulation. By night (and weekends, and whenever she can find some time) she pursues her passion for painting.