Laura Maltz is a contemporary realist painter currently living in the beautiful hill country of Austin Texas. She began painting while recovering from a back injury sustained in a car accident at 17. Feeling let down by her body, frustrated by her lack of control, and claustrophobic in her back brace, Laura plastered images she ripped from magazines around her room to deal with her depression. She painted her own images as she noticed certain color combinations, horizon lines, and shapes changed her mood. The anatomy and physiology that defined her injury drew her into a career as a Physical Therapist. At the same time, the emotional dimension of the body motivated her earliest painting, and continues to be a primary theme.
Through her work as a physical therapist with patients after stroke and traumatic brain injury, Laura Maltz became fascinated by the neurological processing of visual stimuli in the injured and intact brain. She loves learning about optical illusions and is especially interested in why some elements appear to be self-luminous (sources of light) and processed differently from elements which appear to reflect light. She plays with these effects in her paintings. She also enjoys attempting to create microareas of motion on the canvas by using adjacent areas of complementary colors of the same value.
She frequently uses chickens to explore these visual effects as they are walking reptilian brains from the nobelist of genetic ancestors, that also happen to live in her backyard and make her breakfast.
Laura Maltz lives and paints in the beautiful hill country of Austin, Texas, exploring the human body, nature and the brain simultaneously as a Painter, Physical therapist, and human body owner/operator.