Fine artist Lauri Marks Kaye enjoys wandering around Tucson and beyond in search of great coffee shops, in which to take up residence to do her drawings, while enjoying endless cups of coffee. She is passionately committed to straying from her schedule to entertain impromptu photoshoots with her iPhone and drum up conversations with strangers. She uses these muses for her drawings in a newly made up artistic category called, “Portrait Stories.” Time seems to stand still for Kaye when in the presence of works by clever street and graffiti artists, and enjoys the storytelling nature of folk and primitive art.
Her informal art education began at a public elementary school where she hustled her artistic crafts such as fuzzy pencils and painted rocks for ice cream money. Since then she’s added silk screening, graphic design, painting, photography and drawing to her list of artistic endeavors. With the encouragement of her high school mentor and professional artist, John Sears, she applied to Parsons School of Design in New York City where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.