Laura Gilbert

Bold brush strokes create rectangular blocks of color, black, red, a little yellow and blue, and purple, that form incomplete and undulating horizontal stripes and make the image appear rippled.

Laura is a 26-year-old graduate of Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She has few voluntary motor skills as a result of her cerebral palsy. She practices her head movements through the use of her home computer. Each stroke in Laura Gilbert's paintings has been accomplished with her head movement, manipulating brushes taped to a baseball cap.

Although nonverbal, Laura uses her eyes and facial expressions to select colors from a color wheel and to direct her nurse/assistant to position the paper. One constant is a splash of purple paint, her signature.

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