“I am very drawn to the landscape between Walla Walla and Dayton as my family has history in this area,” Laufer says.
“I think nature more fully supports us in our birthplace.”
Now living in College Place, Laufer has renovated two rooms in his home into studio spaces: one room for painting and one for storage.
“In my past studios, I often had very little space, so it’s nice to be able to spread out and have room for paints and easels.”
Describing himself as a “late bloomer,” Laufer didn’t begin his art journey until he was 40, when he felt internally that he wanted to paint. He went to a paint store, opened a tube of paint, smelled it, and put some on his finger. At that moment, he said, he knew this was something he wanted to do. For 30 years, he painted at the 110-year-old house of his mentor, artist Benjamin Blake, who made his studio available for Laufer’s use.
Through daily talking, creating, questioning, and interacting, Laufer learned and progressed, developing a style of bold color and brush work.