Fontaine paints mainly on large gallery wrap canvas. Her style has been called representational painting, or as she refers to it as contemporary impressionism with a traditional flair. She works with oil glazes on a textured surface. Laura has always admired the American Impressionist Henry Hensche and Charles W. Hawthorne, founder of the original Cape Cod School of Art. Laura finds that working on a textured surface, she is able to layer color to create atmosphere and depth. Laura’s home and studio looks over the marsh of Charleston, S.C. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art at Hollins College and continued her studies at the Philadelphia College of Art. In 1986, she took many classes in Great Neck, N.Y to learn the techniques of the old masters at distressing and faux finishing walls and furniture. She worked for designers in Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta for 15 years. In 1995, she began painting in oils. Laura took workshops from many artist around the US for several years. She studied under Chris Groves for 6 years.
Between 2001 and 2010, Laura had 20 home shows in several cities in the Southeast. She is now represented by Huff Harrington in Atlanta, Ga., John Collette Fine Art in Greenville, SC, Camellia Art in Hilton Head, SC, Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, and Hagan Fine Art in Charleston. In July 2015, she will be represented by the Principle Gallery in Charleston, S.C. Laura has been chosen to be their artist in residence for the upcoming year. She will be demonstrating in the gallery 3 times a week.