Laura grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and entered art school at the age of sixteen. In 1974 Laura moved to New York City to study with Michael Aviano and after returning to the Southwest received wonderful critiques and support from Richard Schmid.
In the February 2010 issue of Southwest Art, Laura Robb states, "The best way I've come up with to describe what I'm after is that when setting up the still life, I try to get the objects to 'talk' to each other. And then I try to paint that conversation."
The result is an arresting mixture of vibrant movement and serene calm, with flowers and background alike sometimes appearing to dance to an intense yet compositionally pleasing gust of wind. Some edges are sharp and well defined while others are amorphous and fluid, as if parts of the image are moving in and out of focus. "Practically every student I have ever has has wanted to know how to lose edges, but in my approach, the edges that are lost are just the ones that never got found.
"My work is always moving in the direction of leaving more of the detail out, as a way of making the real story of the painting more important. To do that requires a lot of subtle judgement calls. So I find that as time goes by I'm painting slower, but I'm happier with the results."