Laurie K. Doran

change is constant; ultimately yielding strength and knowledge, evolution and innovation

Laurie K. Doran

paintings, photos, drawings, mixed media (digital)

Artist Statement

Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose to respond, to change.’

– Steve Covey

Change is constant; sometimes welcomed, often causing anxiety, but ultimately yielding strength and knowledge, evolution and innovation. My work offers me the power to respond to change. To digest changes in our world, frequently beyond my control. Changes that occur throughout the day, throughout our lives, throughout history can be documented, digested and represented. In one sense my work allows me to make sense of the ebb and flow of life. In another it empowers me to present new possibilities and a fresh/colorful way of looking at things. 
Abstraction for me is way to make universal connection, to strip away specifics and reveal the essence of underlying movement. Drawing, photography and digital media provide strong influences.  It is my place of play where thoughts can germinate and spring. There is a strong reference in my work to both landscape and the human form. Opening and closing, moving, whimsically or fighting through chaos, reference to our cyclical lives. 
We are a people of hope, drawn to create, to innovate…seeking a better way. I believe in the power of positivity and the ability to promote change. My work delves into that power to choose, to respond and to change. 


Laurie Kirkpatrick Doran received her arts training in Philadelphia with her BFA from Moore College of Art and MFA from The University of the Arts. Her work includes paintings, photos, drawings, mixed media digital(iPad) artworks. Questioning the concept of change, the work is thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing. It has been referred to as realistic fiction. Laurie Kirkpatrick Doran a member of the MAC Artists Gallery and exhibits in both Wilmington and Philadelphia and her art is in many private collections. She currently lives in Media and teaches Digital Design and Studio Arts in Philadelphia. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, her teaching and painting informing each other. 

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