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Laura Glusha's "Wildlife on Gemstones"
Laura Glusha's showcase "WILDLIFE ON
GEMSTONES" is a culmination of a lifetime as an artist.
It represents her love of animals, her fascination with
nature and her passion for painting.
This multi-faceted artist has a varied background both
as a commercial artist and painter. She spent many
years in the field of fashion and children's illustration,
and for 20 years worked in the film industry producing
internationally distributed movie posters.
Laura Glusha's early training as a medical artist led to a
lifetime interest in biological sciences. She has spent
more than 30 years at the Los Angeles Zoo and San
Diego Wild Animal Park studying and drawing wildlife.
This led her to create her profusely illustrated book,
"Suck-a-toe," the story of the rehabilitation of an abused
baby monkey born at the Los Angeles Zoo which was
produced in collaboration with the keepers at the Los
Angeles Zoo. The book is now in many public Libraries
and elementary schools throughout Southern California.
In 1976 she produced a series of 12 painting of
Endangered Species that were exhibited at the Los
Angeles Zoo. She taught airbrush and photo retouching
at UCLA from 1980-1987, and "Even You Can Draw" at
Palomar College from 1992-1997.
In September 1986, Glusha's computer art, "The
Whales" was featured on the cover of Computer
Graphics World Magazine. Her computer art received
coverage in several interior design magazines.
In 2001 she produced a group of murals of the
rainforest for the pediatric waiting rooms, nurses' station
and hallway for the Caremore Medical Group of Los
Ever interested in new horizons, in 2000 she joined the
Palomar Gem and Mineral Club to expand her
knowledge of gemstones. Classes in wire wrapping and
cutting and polishing cabochons opened her eyes to the
dazzling beauty of the gemstone slabs.
At the suggestion of a friend, she decided to apply her
knowledge as a painter to the gemstones- interweaving
the forms within the stones with her painting of wildlife.
Her images feature mammals, birds and sea creatures
on a variety of gemstones, including howlite, petrified
wood, jade, agate and jasper.