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Meet Laurie Raskin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie Raskin.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I don’t think I chose being an artist, I think it chose me. I never remember a time that I did not want to be involved in the arts. I even set up a small studio at my home as a child. I was very fortunate to have parents that took me to museums and enrolled me in art classes… I love the visual world. I love architecture, design, fashion and all forms of visual art. When it was time to go to college, I wanted to only go to Art School. I was in the first graduating class of Art and Design at California Institute of the Arts where I focused on graphic design, photography and printmaking. I graduated on a Friday and started working at a graphic design firm on the following Monday. After a few years out in the workplace, I went back to Cal Arts to get my MFA and began teaching as well. After working as a graphic designer for 10 years, I transitioned to architectural interior design where I worked for 25 years. It was 10 years ago that I wanted to just make art for the pleasure of working and I began my journey as a fine artist. I have not turned back. I have been very fortunate to have a late term career as a fine artist. I now have 5 galleries that represent my work worldwide, a carpet line in Belgium, and had my art featured on fashion lines in the UK. I am getting ready for a solo show in Los Angeles the beginning of next year. I feel grateful everyday to be a working artist.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a straight line getting to be a fine artist, but I cannot say I have had many struggles. I have been very fortunate to have worked in the visual arts in many forms my whole life. Now, I am concentrating on my own personal work. I love the process of making art. I am not afraid to throw out a piece that I don’t think is working. I like to work in the moment and follow my instincts. When I work, some pieces just fall into place, and others take time. The important thing is just to work. When you work, you catch on to things, you make discoveries, and you push yourself to new places. I start with a concept, an idea for a series, but I never know where it will take me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Laurie Raskin story. Tell us more about the business.
I work as a visual artist. Because I also have a design background, I cross over between art and design. My work is featured in luxury hotels around the world and in various other public places as well as in private collections. I have done over 100 murals for stores. My art was also in a Spring Fashion Collection in London a few years back and I dream of seeing my work on more fashion lines. Last year, I worked with one of the most well-known carpet houses in Europe. They produced 4 of my art pieces on carpets. There was a 2 page story about our collaboration in Paris Match October 2017. We are in talks now to expand the carpet line. I also would love to add pillows into the collection. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is that when I was very young, I was one of the 12 artists chosen to design the official Signature Olympic Poster for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. It was a thrill to have that honor and to be part of Olympic History. I do dream of having my images on endless products. The sky is the limit. I would love to see my art on an airplane one day. At the same time, I just like to work in the studio and make art for the pure pleasure of creating.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am a very positive person and I believe I create some of that luck. Chance or fate may have played a role, it is all just a mystery. I just do what I love and let the universe take it from there.

Contact Info:

  • Website: laurieraskin.com
  • Phone: 310 600-6003
  • Email: laurieraskin@icloud.com

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