We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Irrgang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve made art for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories involve making up stories and coloring. I have always been drawn to narrative, and I’m very visual. Creating art is how I process everything…from paintings to my home to food to clothing. Everything has a creative element for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of my recent pieces of public art is the You Be You mural in downtown Greenville. It features a variety of stylized fish that are found in Hunt County lakes. I am trying to spark an interest in our youth in nature and the conservation of our parks and wildlife. To be good stewards of our land and wild creatures, you first have to relate to those things on a personal level. Maybe this mural will be a starting point for some people. In addition, the theme of my mural is “You Be You”. I want to encourage everyone, but particularly young people, to follow their own creative spirit. If you have a calling to do something, a pull to a field or profession or hobby, I say go for it! Most people want to conform and be like everyone else, but I think that can be detrimental to your life if you deny your inner calling. That interesting, unique talent you have inside you is your gift to the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy! North Texas is autumn is such a treat. I would definitely recommend the Dallas Arboretum’s Fall Display. The pumpkins are out of this world. I’d also make the drive to the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. Swing by Edelweiss for delicious German food, then head over to the Coyote Drive In to catch a movie.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my Shoutout to Dennis Wayne Strickland. Dennis is a champion of the arts in Greenville, Texas. He works tirelessly to promote culture in our community. From his exciting Hump Day Happy Hour weekly event to his positive outlook on life, Dennis brings a little extra joy and creativity to everyone’s day.
Other: I also have separate social media sites for my Glitterville Comic series: FB: https://www.facebook.com/GlittervilleComic IG: https://www.instagram.com/GlittervilleComic