Raslan

Laila Raslan, Biography

 

Emerging artist Laila Raslan was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. Primarily though not exclusively interested in landscape, Raslan is drawn mostly to what she terms "anonymous spaces." Much of her work depicts scenes that could exist in various locations, or the beauty in the commonly overlooked. Raslan's path to fine art has taken unexpected turns, including a hiatus, which left her believing art would be peripheral in her life. However, in the mid 2000's, her passion for art was not only reignited but deepened also. She describes her return to art creation and deeper appreciation of art as "God-given, a gift from Christ that enriches and beautifies my life." 
Raslan's artistic influences are varied, initiating with the chiaroscuro forms of Renaissance paintings and the grand idyllic landscapes of the Hudson River School to contemporary masters such as T. Allen Lawson and Marc Hanson. Through viewing the work of others, she has gained a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
"My desire is always to depict something fundamentally elusive, moments of the fleeting mixed with my own experiences of place and time, something that resonates with me personally. I may not be able to achieve this goal, but I continually desire to reach it."

 

 

 

 

Awards

2019        August, FAV 15%, "Near", Boldbrush Painting Competition

2018        August, FAV 15%, "Sunset on Canal Street", Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

2018        May, FAV 15%, "Syracuse, First Snow", Boldbrush Painting Competition

2017        August, FAV 15%, "Overpass I", Boldbrush Painting Competition

2017        August, FAV 15%, "Sunset on Canal Street", Boldbrush Painting Competition

2017        Honorable Mention,  "Contre Jour Harbor", Sackets Harbor Plein Air Festival

2017        March, FAV 15%, "Oswego in the Gloaming", Boldbrush Painting Competition

2015        October/November, Best Artist Under 30,  "St. Mary's Winter", Plein Air Salon

           as Juried by Jim Peterson

 

2015        August, FAV 15%, "Oswego in the Gloaming", Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

2015        February/March, Best Artist Under 30, "Behind Smith's", Plein Air Salon

                 as Juried by Sue Simpson Gallagher

 

2014        November, FAV 15%, "Oswego Plant in Twilight", Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

2014        September, FAV 15%, "Oswego Plant in Twilight", Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

2014        July, Finalist, "Nocturne Pier", Boldbrush Painting Competition

                 as Juried by Jennifer Diehl

 

2014        July, FAV 15%, "Sunset on Canal Street", Boldbrush Painting Competition

Publications

2016        September, Southwest Art, "21 Under 31"

2016        March, Plein Air Magazine, "Announcing Plein Air Salon Winners"

 

Exhibitions and Events

 

2018       July 12- July 23,  Plein Air Easton,  Easton, MD, Entry Juried by David C. Levy

2016        May 14- June 25,  10th Anniversary Juried and Invitational Plein Air Exhibition

                 Wayne, PA, Juried by T. Allen Lawson

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