The artist’s education and career path included both coasts, with stays in California and Massachusetts, but Colorado is his home. The artist is inspired by the majestic views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the Milky Way from the off-grid home studio she shares with her husband, Stephen Hume, photographer and filmmaker. The couple recently moved from Denver to Crestone, CO.
“The San Luis Valley has a rich equestrian heritage,” explains Laugesen. “I strive to capture the essence of the ancient and deeply rooted relationship between man and horse. For me, success is when someone connects to my work on a level that cannot be expressed in words, a place that evokes memories of relationships with horses, through time and time. space.”
Through time and generations, Laugesen’s family tree is rooted in the arts. Her maternal great-grandparents were both artists, and so was her maternal grandmother. Monuments sculpted by his great-grandfather, Bela Lyon Pratt, are installed outside the Boston Public Library and at Yale University.
Laugesen also learned formative skills from his father. “I developed my love for tools, working with a variety of materials and my father’s way of building things in his home workshop,” she says. “Maybe that’s why I became a mixed media sculptor.”