Explore Laurel Burch Art Themes

"As I grow, so grows my passion to dream, and as I dream, I paint.
Myths emerge, beings come to life, kindred spirits connect."  – Laurel Burch

Laurel’s prolific career gave birth to hundreds of mythical animals, ethereal birds, and figures that capture the soul of humanity—all portrayed in a rainbow of brilliant colors and accented with silver and gold. Whole themes emerge from her fertile imagination with powerful and moving results—every image she dreams up is rooted in her respect and reverence for all living things.


"My favorite messengers of goodwill, painted purely to bring bright spirit and delight." Fanciful, imaginative, and boldly charming, Laurel's vivid, vibrant cats burst with the lively energy and good spirit of their creator. While her fans naturally believe that Laurel must have owned many cats, in fact she never did. Nevertheless, her love for fantastic felines and their whimsical personalities inspired endless variations of cat whimsy and wisdom sparkling behind indigo eyes, purple tails, and brilliant rainbow bodies.


“The boundless mystery of the ocean intrigues and inspires me endlessly." Laurel created her own fantastical sea creatures and mythopoetic beings like Mikayla, the sea goddess whose hair becomes an ocean filled with exotic sea stallions, exotic phosphorous fish and flowers amongst golden crested waves. The designs are soulful Mediterranean blues and deep indigos, merged with magentas, purples and teals, in a way that can only be found in the mystic world of Laurel’s vivid imagination.


“Every time I lay the eyes of my soul upon a horse, I feel the wind in my hair and the earth beneath my feet. They set my imagination free.” Born from her excursions to Elk Canyon in the American Southwest, the colors of Laurel’s mythical horses vary from rustic earth tones to vibrant, brilliant rainbow hues. Above the canyon she sat, entranced by the scene below — wild mustangs running free as hooves pounded across the canyon floor — this vision inspired her to share the magic of these grand creatures with us.


“My dogs Matisse, Basso, and Dakota have licked the sweet, salty tears of my most joyous and painful occasions. In my paintings they appear (as your dogs do!) as their rainbow spirits would surely express themselves— in red and magenta, purple and teal!” Inspired by her passion for our faithful companions, Laurel’s wildly colorful paintings of exuberant canines sitting, sleeping, leaping, frolicking, and dancing in a bright spectrum of colors and patterns have captured the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.


“I created my own folkloric imagery to capture the myth and magic of our celestial worlds. May they remind us to have one foot on earth and the other in the heavens – always believing in our dreams and that possibility like the cosmos is infinite.” Painted in a brilliant color palette and emblazoned with details of shimmering silver and gold, Laurel’s radiant suns, mystical moons, great swirls of winds, and showers of luminous stars are created to shine upon ALL beings.


“What more universal image is there for beauty and life than flowers? The blossoming of the spirit is as important as the beauty of a lovely garden and my hope is to always speak in the universal language of symbols that touch all people.” A tribute to the infinite bliss of flowers, Laurel’s blossoms embrace the fullest spectrum of colors from sensuous pastels to vibrant tropical hues. From the lotus blossoms of China to the tiniest orchid of Singapore, her brilliant florals are a never-ending source of inspiration and joy.