Thanks so much for checking out my art! I'm so excited you’re here.
You might be wondering why I paint food. Well…
I paint food because I’m always trying to capture those special moments of joy and nostalgia that are created when we eat something amazing with the people we love.
In my experience, food is the best way to connect with someone. Whether it’s your family, your friends, or yourself.
I come from a pretty big Jewish family, which means there was always food around. And if we weren’t eating it, we were talking about it.
I was born in Atlanta and spent my childhood there with my mom, my dad, and my younger brother and sister who are twins.
Growing up, my parents cooked a lot, but most of my favorite family food traditions took place outside of our house.
Every Sunday my dad took me to Waffle House for “Daddy Laurel Time.” We sat at the “high counter” and I would eat scrambled eggs and chewy (not crispy!) bacon.
As a family, we frequented California Pizza Kitchen so much that we refused to be served by anyone other than our favorite server Rob (and later by Rob’s server friend Luke). CPK was also where I met my childhood best friend Melissa the night before we started kindergarten at the same school.
My birthday parties even revolved around food. There were dress up tea parties, chocolate making at Chamberlain’s (my favorite chocolate shop), and then for two years in a row, I invited all the girls in my grade to a hibachi steakhouse as my birthday party.
When I was in 6th grade, we moved to Poughkeepsie, New York to be closer to my extended family. Moving at 12 years old was tough, but my family maintained our bond through food.
We played “High Low” around the dinner table every night as a way to share the best and worst parts of our days to check in with each other.
We found our new favorite local restaurants: The Daily Planet diner, Ichiban around the corner for sushi…
And we planned all of our vacations around food, specifically around Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Most memorable was a rained out 2006 New Jersey beach vacation that swiftly turned into a road trip to Philadelphia for a cheesesteak taste test extravaganza.
I grew up with an acute awareness that food was special. It was the centerpiece of so many memories and it always brought us together. I haven’t even mentioned all of the Jewish holidays where food was the star of the show or how those holidays taught me how important specific foods are to my identity.
It took a few years for me to realize why I was always drawn to painting food. I was painting my favorite memories. It just so happened that certain foods represented those memories best!
Food is how we connect! It’s how we show love, to others - remember your grandmother showing her love in the form of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies?! And to ourselves! A giant ice cream sundae is the epitome of self love in my opinion!
So welcome to my food art world. It’s a celebration of ALL of those amazing food moments. I am so excited that you’re here and I hope my work has already sparked some nostalgic food memories for you.
I am so excited to share more food stories with you as this site grows and evolves. I am also equally excited to bring YOUR food memories to life in a way you can cherish forever.
With love, Laurel