Laura Tomona is an artist currently living in Guelph. She drew and painted while growing up in Caledon East. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Fine Art at the University of Guelph. While her influences vary for her works, her style is very much rooted in realism, and she has been a freelance artist since 2003.
Her art has appeared in various galleries in the Brampton and Mississauga regions, between the years of 2003- 2007. She won best painting at the Images 2005 juried art show in Brampton.
She was previously commissioned in 2007 by the Dufferin Aggregates to paint a realistic landscape depicting the Milton Quarry to celebrate the expansion of the quarry. The piece entitled “Escarpment Wetlands” was painted with acrylic on canvas. It also included two series of giclee prints.
More recently she was commissioned by the Physics Department at the University of Guelph to paint a series of nine large murals on the walls of the Astronomy tower depicting various influential scientists of the past and present. The original portrait of Carl Sagan was painted in 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. The result was a gallery of eight more of astronomy’s leading scientists.
On the sixth floor landing you will encounter Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton. One floor up are the portraits of Einstein, Edwin Hubble, Chandrasekhar and Stephen Hawking.
Laura painted them in a warm chiaroscuro style that echoes the dramtic lights and darks of Caravaggio, one of her favourite artists.
Laura enjoys painting animals and murals in her house in her spare time and has always had a love for horses.