As a child, Laurie would sit in front of the chalkboard her mother gave her and draw for hours until there were mounds of chalk dust on the floor. Paper wasn't readily available. "Art was just something to do, it made people smile. Who knew you could make a career out of it?"
Following graduation from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA she moved from her home town in Butler, PA to the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, Ohio. She spent the next twenty years plus as an illustrator on staff at American Greetings and raising her family. Those precious years provided her the knowledge and experience she now relies on to explore new horizons in her own studio, appropriately name CHALKBOARD STUDIO now located in Strongsville, Ohio. The title of ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNER is one in which she is most proud. It provides the opportunity to express her wide range of interests. Character design, imaginative portraiture and fine art, wallpaper, gift wrap and textile design, logo and corporate identity, graphic design, imagery collage, product themes, stained glass design and ornamental sculpture are all things that she had the opportunity to develop.
The types of media she employs includes watercolor, pencil, pastels, charcoal, acrylic, oils, and Sculpy to name a few. In addition to the many traditional tools, the age of technology adds an endless variety to Laurie's imagination. PhotoShop, Illustrator and Corel Painter programs provides new opportunities for her images. Her styles are as varied as her interests, from cute children's' books to masculine textile design, from decorative floral motifs to contemporary moving graphics. The industry tends to put artists in a box. Resisting this, Laurie continues to explore new territories with her work.
Spring, summer, winter, fall...rain, snow and sunshine. The Designers beauty is all around us. Laurie celebrates the wonders of nature through experiencing its' beauty and creating impressions of those experiences.
" I only hope it is evident in the images I create."
Enjoy as you explore along with her!
ChalkBoard Studio is a dream come true for Laurie Musser.
Laurie will personally see that your project will be the best it can be. See the Chalkboard Studio-Gallery pages for new images. For additional information email or give us a call. Tear sheets will be provide on request. We look forward to working with you.
Galleries, Shows and Honors
Current member of Medina county Art league and Berea Fine Arts Club
- 2016 Medina Country Library Artist Challenge ExhibitNov 7-Dec 4
- 2016 Ohio University- "Bob Cat On The Prowl" hanging in Baker Hall!
- 2016 Westfield Bank Gallery-Medina, Ohio Nov 1-Jan 3. 5 pieces
- 2016 Ohio University Baker Center-"Bob Cat On The Prowl"
- 2016 Rocky River Nature Center-solo show Sept 1-Oct 31
- 2016 Medina Gem Co- July
- 2016 The Studios Upstairs Art Gallery-Seville Ohio -seasonal
- 2016 Berea Art Walk- Host-Riverside Gables -May 21
- 2016 Artisan's Marketplace Middleburg Community Center May/Oct
- 2016 Spokes Cafe, Medina, Ohio
- 2016 Marie's Cafe, Medina Town Square-two man show
- 2016 Aquarius Juried Show-Medina, Ohio-received Honorable Mention
- 2015 The Studios Upstairs Art Gallery-Seville Ohio
- 2015 Lodi Library Juried Show-Honorable Mention
- 2015 Medina Country Club Exhibits-Yellow, Blue, Brown, Orange
- 2015 American Greetings Fine Art Show-Spaces Gallery, Cleve, OH
- 2015 Aquarius Juried Show Medina Art League
- 2015 Westfield Bank Gallery-Medina, Ohio
- 2014 Sparrow Gallery-Lodi Ohio
- 2014 BayArts 52 Annual Juried Show
- 2014 Cool Beans Cafe Exhibit-Medina Ohio
- 2014 Medina Country Club Exhibit -Birds, Back Yard and Winter Shows
- 2014 "Year of the Horse", 2011 "Year of the Rabbit", 2010 "Year of the Tiger",-Selected as one of 25 Cleveland area artists for St. Clair Superior Development Corp. public art project- image design and painting public sculpture.
- Kelly-Randall Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio
- The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
- Spaces -Cleveland, Ohio
American Greetings Creative Studio Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio
- Tatoo Design- private client
- WinCraft Inc. - garden flags design
- American Greetings - Greeting Card/Paper products/ornaments etc.
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics- fabric illustrations
- Jacquie Lawson, UK - illustrations for animated greetings
- Jeremie Corp. - Concept and design fairy figurines
- Montage Licensing - representation
- The Bradford Group - ornament/figurine concepts
- Berea Animal Rescue - calendar cover
- F. Schumacher Co. N.Y.C.- wall coverings
- Butler Veteran Memorial Hospital - public awareness materials
- Tushie Diapers - RMed international, Inc. - package illustration
- Hope Christian Church - signage, logos, fliers, posters, educational
- materials, set design, stained glass design
- Roundlake Camp - Logos, signs, educational materials.
- Maxwell's House of Photography - photo enhancements, logo, fliers and ads
- Give a Sheet Video Productions- logo design
- The Music Tree - logo design
- Dr. Andros Eye Center -fliers and ads
- Paper Magic - greeting card art
- Sangamon - greeting cards and paper products
- North American LionHead Rabbit Club -Logo and paintings
- Those Characters From Cleveland-patterns, concepts, children's books etc.
- Good Cause Greetings- holiday art* American Greetings - Greeting Card/Paper products/ornaments etc.
Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to visit the Gallery pages!