Ginny Laukka’s desire to create is part of her earliest childhood memories and has been a common thread throughout her life. While she initially pursued architecture, it wasn’t until after raising her two children that she shifted her focus to art. She is currently combining her love of architecture and art by renovating an historic building in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to house The Inner Artist Studio. This place of possibility will be home to her studio, a versatile gallery, and a short term rental aimed at anyone who wishes to tap into their inner artist.
The NWTC Artisan Center and Tricia Matthew’s watercolor classes provided Ginny with a starting point for her artwork. Having long admired the work of Don Sahli, in 2019, when the opportunity to take his workshop arose, Ginny stepped into the vivid world of oil paints and traveled to Chacala Nayarit Mexico for a colorful life changing week. She returned to Chacala 2020 and 2022, and went to Santa Fe, NM in 2023 to study further. Don’s work and instruction carries with it the energy and emotion of his teacher, the Russian colorist Sergei Bongart. These experiences expanded Ginny’s understanding of color and temperature and have propelled her work forward. Committed to growing as an artist, she secured studio space in 2021, and had her first solo show in the fall of 2022.
Seeing possibility is one of Ginny’s greatest strengths whether she is looking at an old piece of furniture, a building, or a canvas. She explains “it is one thing to look out the window and see snow, but a whole world opens up when you look out and see the color of snow.” It is this fascination that she aims to capture in oil with her landscape and still life paintings. She is inspired by the potential for art to energetically transform a space and trusts her work will add light and life to our world.