Laurie Koss was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., where she developed a love and appreciation for art from her mother, Mary Eagle, who is also an artist. Studying commercial art and photography at North Vancouver’s Capilano College led Laurie to a fascination with colour—especially the mixing of tertiary and quaternary colours, and she credits this interest in mixing colour as a significant influence in her current work.
After continuing her education at the University of British Columbia, Laurie graduated and was awarded the respected Brissenden Scholarship in Art Education. While at UBC she developed a love of acrylic painting and an interest in light and form in black and white macro photography. During a senior photography course, instructor and graphic artist, Bob Steele, introduced her to the idea that it is more challenging to produce a beautiful black and white photograph, because once you remove the colour you need to rely on the shape, tone, and movement to make an image beautiful. It is this same idea Laurie is exploring in her current painting collection: "Is a flower still beautiful without its natural colour?"
With her husband and two grown children, Laurie now lives in Kelowna, B.C. and enjoys regular time in her studio, painting large canvases inspired by her own black and white photography. Instead of relying on a flower's most beautiful feature, its colour, her paintings become a more intense and intimate study of natural form, light and movement. Laurie creates the neutral tones of her paintings as she works by mixing the paint on a simple palette of the three primary colours -- red, yellow, and blue -- and white.
In 2014, Laurie was contacted by Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint with requests to design the 2015 Flower Series permanent stamps and the 2015 Flower Series collector's coin, respectively. Laurie spent several months preparing these national projects in secret, and they were both unveiled in Spring 2015.
In the spring of 2016, Laurie was one of three finalists for the Kelowna Civic Award, "Honour in the Arts," as well as the winner of the Okanagan Arts Council’s award, "Excellence in the Visual Arts."
In March 2017, through a juried process, Laurie was accepted as a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), joining a group of only approximately 80 senior FCA artists nationwide. In her words: “I am grateful and honoured to receive my SFCA. Thank you to the Board of Governors for this recognition. I look forward to continuing to pursue my artistic goals and to being involved with the wonderful supportive community of the FCA.”