paint. charcoal. words. provincetown.

I came to Provincetown in 1992 for a visit and was enchanted. Two years ago, after being a local actor and engaged arts writer, I returned to painting and drawing through a Romano Rizk Scholarship at PAAM and a Cape Resident Scholarship and Returning Residency at the Fine Arts Work Center.

My diploma is in multi-disciplinary arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at TUFTS (1995). The skills learned led to acting (2001-2015), arts writing for artscope,, The Provincetown Banner (2008-2015) as well as gallery assistant for Berta Walker and Four Eleven.

I have worked from a live model starting at sixteen at the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York; School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown.

Because libraries matter, I am the Chair of the Board of Library Trustees, an elected, non-paying position.

Gouache Paintings

Created in the winter/spring of 2015-16, they are 30 x 22 inches on very thick paper. The artist’s challenge was to create a full composition with a lush medium that dries quickly. I had to make quick decisions and have confidence with the brush. My primary influences during this time were Hans Hofmann and Paul Resika. I couldn’t overthink or overwork. Many did not make it. These are the ones that felt resolved.

Charcoal Drawings

I have returned to figure drawing with a fire in my belly. A naked person is sitting, standing or moving in front of me. How do I seize the moment and transpose the magic of a human being’s essence into form, shape and color? When I am fully present - no small task in a modern world filled with infinite distractions – a piece of charcoal or a brush in my hand is a tool for exploring humanity’s divine perfection.

The Shadow Box Series

A exclusive of original figure drawings in Plexiglas with a bronzed-finished edge. Place on a shelf or table or attach to the wall with a nail. 17 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches framed. Shipping is free within the continental United States. Cost: $125.00

Large Works

In my first year at the SMFA, I would take drawings from class and create these montages when the room was empty working on them together with scissors, glue, charcoal, all of them up with music playing. I was studying 16mm film in the Collaborative Film Workshop created by Richard Broadman.

These murals feel cinematic to me. As most of us at the school, I took film, swept up in the medium. I borrow from this sensibility; how the camera and the eye can capture a frame or composition. Two of the three foot by eight foot works on paper would be lost if it were not for 4 x 5 film converted to digital. One retains its fragile original form.

Collection of Steven Lage

An entrepreneur/consultant in Ohio, collector Steven Lage found out about my work through the cover of In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. He acquired many works. Here is a selection from a dozen works.

The Visual Diary is a record of my first summer in Provincetown painted on 24 x 18 inch canvases using oils and large brushes. My studio was in the upstairs of 128 Commercial, a defunct kitchen when the place was owned by Allen Carrier or Ali Baba. It was one of the last years of bohemian dominance in the West End.

Laura Shabott

Laura Shabott

Exhibits 2016-15

SMFA Art Sale: SMFA, Boston

Women Choose Women: Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown

Open Call: Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown

Members’ 12 x 12: PAAM, Provincetown (2015 and 16)

All Townie Show: FAWC, Provincetown (2015 and 16)

Open Members Small Works, PAAM (2015 and 16)


PO Box 1418
Provincetown, MA 02657