How I got to this place in time let me start with I sold mynot by choice but due to a finger allergy I had developed from the chemicals used in the industry. So I unpacked my brushes and bought a Delta Unisaw and started on a new career. My Delta 16″ band saw was given to me from Dad and it was the last thing he did before we lost him to dementia. After Dad passed I felt my adventurous side kick in to explore and live in a new place. was a beautiful fit. had developed debilitating RA so she decided to come along on this new adventure and what a blast. I think fairies are in abundance in Vermont. I opened a gallery and studio shop called Whitefield and Mom ran the shop. Not many people would shake up their worlds at 78 young but she could not have been happier. It had been a long battle caring for Dad. The stress caregivers have to endure is tremendous and I felt it was a blessing seeing her so content. But for myself owning a place in the mountains, living close to nature and opening Whitefield’s was absolute joy. This would be short-lived. A few years later I sold Whitefield to care for my mother who suddenly developed a rare form of cancer.
There are energies that surround you helping you live with purpose and can heal you. It is important you are in a place that comforts you andyour very being. When I left Vermont, I left my purpose, my joy, the healing energy from nature behind and my life has never been the same. I am not saying my Mom would have survived but she would have been more at peace in Vermont. What I have endured would have still manifested in my life in some way. I think it would have been easier to endure. She honored me by sharing her life and wisdom. I am grateful that I cared for such a beautiful soul and wonderful friend at the end of her life.
I have worked 30 plus years as a designer, painter and creative artist. I was a head floral designer later buying the shop for 10 years. Forever learning and exploring different aspects of creating I foundexhilarating and through my Dad learned how to design and build my furniture. Drawn to painted furniture and decorative painting I found the work of Anne Sloane and the wonderful pieces by truly inspirational.
Nature has always spoken to me. Through long walks in the woods, planting a cottage garden or sitting meditating under a tree, the whispers of the natural world speak to me. I can sit under a tree in the woods and within minutes it will come alive. Many times when being present in nature I experienced creatures coming very close to see what my energy was all about? A chipmunk (I imagined gathered up the courage) came up my leg to sit an see. I would go back many times but always ready now with some sort of goody to share with nature. My fondest memory is the walks with my Mom and the dogs in the woods. We never knew what we would discover, maybe an undiscovered single wildunder a hemlock tree which to our delight happened early one spring morning.
Between the Weeds and Laurie Rohner Studio combines my spiritual self and my relationship with nature. Through the subtle nudging from the universe I started to see what I could create. Inspiration has burst inside of me and I am once again being drawn into the magic of the creation. There is a synergy between nature and me. This feeling is the same feeling you would get when you view a sunset or a double rainbow. It is an electric subtle energy that fills you and you are at peace. I am extremely grateful to be able to create my work. Through my work I have found Spirituality. Spirit has shown me I have my very own unique way of looking at my surroundings. I see with artist eyes and they see the world in color shapes and form. My mind is not a part of the equation until I let it in. By surrendering to the Divine I have found joy, many possibilities and far more challenges than I would like but necessary for me to be who I am. My wish is my work inspires you to be whom ever you are even if it is not easy to be that person.
I travel many roads, lived in many places and learned so much about this human experience. Nature is my grounding. I find my answers to questions, the loving embrace of spiritual beings and courage to keep going. I live in a world filled with fairies and sprites and creature unseen, of ancestors from yesterday’s and from tomorrow’s, and my beautiful loving spiritual guide, Benjamin.
I have a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Printmaking and I minored in. I am an accomplished floral designer and I was the head designer before taking over my flower shop. I also worked closely with an interior designer from Antiques in NYC.