Ashgar Studios
Lauralynn White
About Ashgar Studios/
Lauralynn White

Ashgar Studios is located in the rolling hills and valleys of Berks County in the shadow
of the Nolde Forest near Mohnton, Pennsylvania. The sylvan location offers a ready
community with the earth. There is great inspiration to be found in the timeless and
stately beings of old growth forests and trees.

My paintings are an expression  human emotion through organic forms, saturation of
colour and use of natural light.  Much of my work relates to the infinite nature of living
within our very unsettling times. Never in the history of man has the world seemed
smaller or more fragile. No matter your political party or scientific belief,  we should all
be aware that we are using the natural resources of our earth at an unprecedented
rate. I cannot  ignore the mandate to express, to create, to engage in an active
dialogue with the world.

Within my work I strive for a  progression of composition that comes from  geometric
form as found in the last  works of Calder, Hopper and Picasso,  the trueness of line as
exemplified by Cezanne and Matisse and form defined by colour illuminated by light as
explored by Manet, Monet and Degas. These influential painters are my inspiration as I
strive to unify these principles ...

As to my background, it is diverse in influence and dense with life experience. My
mentors have been numerous. They began with the owner of Anvil Studio, my very first
art teacher, Jon Smith, who made me draw boxes for a year  until I could make precise
perspective from them. In the course of my formal education I  attended
College of Art and Design where I had many very influential professors: Harry Dixon  
who made sure I understood the history of art and applied it's principles. Steven
Meyers who opened my mind to think from a painters perspective and understood my
affinity for trees.
Roland Wolff who wouldn't allow me to think in a linear path. James
Reid   had a way of making artist's angst seem normal and taught me to paint from
master works in order to learn the lessons only they can teach.  
Ben Morris, who
taught me to make the important marks in under a minute and the importance of "life"
in  line.  I eventually succeeded in graduating magna cum laude and Outstanding
Senior with aBFA in Illustration and Art history.

Most recently, my summers at
Chautauqua Institution are a rejuvenating breathe of
fresh air for the soul filled with intellectual stimulation and dialog in community with
other artists in the midst of their own journeys. There I have studied with sculptor
Smith who introduced me to the relationship between painting and sculpture.
Conversed with
Trina Greene (sculptor), who validated my thoughts on our relationship
to the earth.  Been inspired by the painter
Stanley Lewis, whose precise fusing of
geometric form and composition with landscape is worthy of admiration and took figure
painting courses with
Jeremy Long whose own analytical geometric composition of
everyday subject matter is a natural progression of modern art.

I have settled on pursuing the work I most enjoy:
oil portraiture, pen and ink drawings,  
and charcoal rendering.  I am willing to teach anyone from 8 to 128 who is willing to
learn in the methods of the old and modern masters.  As well as being a painter, I have
background experience in,  furniture restoration, faux painting techniques, digital photo
restoration, and photography-- however I no longer develop or have a dark room.

At this place in my life, I have deep wells of passionate emotion and a broad
understanding of the world that impetuous youth lacks. I believe that depth is more
apparent in my work than it has ever been.
" I cannot ignore the mandate from within myself to
engage, express and create in an active dialogue
with the world
." ~ White
OPEN STUDIO @  GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street, Reading PA
Every Second Sunday 12-4pm or by appointment

Current Exhibitions:

GoggleWorks Studio Artists' 12th Annual Exhibition
October 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Cohen Gallery @ GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601
Opening Reception: November 4th 5:30-7:30pm

Solo Exhibit
November 10 - December 4, 2016
Van Scoy Jewelers
2733 Paper Mill Road,
Wyomissing, PA
Opening Recception:
November 10th 5-8pm

Visual Jazz: The Band
Betts, Carlino, Homan, Wicks
3rd Floor Hallway @ GoggleWorks
Photographs by John Elder
Sketches by Lauralynn White
Lauralynn White
Lauralynn White paints at  
Shanesville Orchard in Oley, PA
September 8, 2012
Invisible, self-portrait, oil on canvas, 2009
Now located in STUDIO # 305 @
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19540