This is my very first blog. I have started it because it is my first task in my Aesthetics class through the University of Alaska.
My name is Laura J. Larson. I am finishing up my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic and Digital Design. I have about six classes left! I’ve loved drawing and looking at art from my earliest memories. I draw and paint, do collages, and create graphics digitally. Right now my favorite medium is watercolor. I took Beginning Watercolor during the spring semester, was not sure if I would like it, but I ended up loving it much better than oil or acrylic.
I have a full time job with an oil company, a place I have worked for 24 years. In 2006, I went back to school; that was the year my son graduated high school. In order to ease any possible empty-nest-syndrome, that same year I also adopted a Pomeranian named Rockie. He is now six years old, 20
lbs., very smart and loving. I really believe that having a dog (along with kids) makes the house a home — like icing on a cake. I just found this out as I had never had a dog of my own before and I now get what it is about dog people — because I am now one of those. 🙂 I also have a 14-year old tabby cat named Kiki who weighs about 21 pounds and has two extra toes on each foot. His paws are huge! I have always had a cat in my life. I think they also make a house a home, but they are less interactive.
I’ve lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 40 years — too long, but I have family here and my job is fabulous, so I may not get out of here until I retire. I would like to end up in the Seattle area and be able to take lots of road trips around America. I was originally born in Massachusetts on Cape Cod, lived in New Jersey until I was nine, and then moved to Alaska. I have traveled to about 1/3 of the United States, mostly all of the coastal states, and lived in San Francisco one time for three years. I love it there too.
Two years ago I was lucky to travel to London on business and then we took a side trip to France. We stayed in Windsor for a week and went to London every day by train. The people there are so friendly to Americans and every day was wonderful. We took the train to Paris where we had to rent a Mercedes because it was the only car they had that wasn’t a stick, but then we drove from Paris to the French Riviera. The French in Paris weren’t too friendly with us; in fact they were downright rude… until we got to the little town of Menton on the French Riviera. There we spent three days on a beach that looked a lot like our Florida. I am telling you all this to say, I really have a love for traveling and meeting new people.