Laura Martinez-Bianco is a painter working in pastels and encaustics-living in the Hudson Valley of New York but working wherever there is an inspiration. Laura has an MS in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz and has studied with many artists in a variety of mediums. Laura has been a Juried Artist in Plein Air Festivals and events throughout the United States; including Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Plein Air Texas, Door County, and Telluride. Her work has been included in Museum and Gallery exhibits in the US and Italy. Over thirty years of teaching experience in public schools grade k-12, college level, private workshops, and classes instill Laura with the passion and tools to create engaging and enjoyable learning environments. I am drawn to landscapes, capturing and preserving the views of the landscape that surrounds me. My plein air work is done in pastel, broad strokes fill the paper with smaller lines and shapes to follow until my image is complete. Pastel provides pure pigment and bold color that I apply in a painterly manner; imagining my hand as the brush. My work represents the landscape while focusing on the atmosphere and the light surrounding me; capturing a specific time of day. The time of day changes the light, the color, and the atmosphere: it changes everything.