I was born in Brooklyn, NY, into a family of artists, and has always been working in one medium or another. I have a BFA from the School Visual Arts and has been exhibiting works in glass, mixed media, oil paintings and videos since 1975.  
       Moving to the Hudson Valley in 2004, inspired by its natural beauty and artist communities, my art has flourished.  I developed my own style and show paintings and mixed media works regularly in a variety of different venues throughout the Hudson Valley, New England, New York City, New Jersey, Ma. and California.  I have exhibited with Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC, Fresh Paint Contemporary, Culver City,Ca., Beacon Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ, 13 Forest Gallery, Arlington, Ma., Whitney Modern in Los Gatos, Ca. and Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC. (https://www.artsy.net/hal-bromm/artist/laura-gurton) 
        I show my work in local galleries in the Hudson Valley as well as having been recognized on the worldwide stage by being chosen to participate in the 2013 Venice Biennale, (Time Space Existence, 55th Venice Biennale, Personal Structures), Art Southampton, The LA Art 
Fair, and Miami Context.
          My oil paintings consist of concentric circular lines and colors that mimic pieces of agate, rings inside of trees, mold, other patterns in nature and most importantly microscopic cells. The series, the Unknown Species, refers to her shapes as being alive.  The variations of the size of the circles also emphasizes the growth of these shapes and of all living organisms.
           My digital art and mixed media works, the Bits and Pieces Series, are developed directly from photographic images of my paintings.  I became intrigued with the complex patterns that developed by manipulating the image digitally and appreciate being able to see how the same image looks in various color combinations. I am always surprised and delighted seeing what one of my paintings looks like when it becomes symmetrical.  With digital manipulations the symmetry of nature is now part of my work: flowers, plants, inside of fruit, snowflakes and even the microscopic world is full of symmetry and incredible detailed patterns. Many of those patterns also are reminiscent of lace, crocheting and doilies.  The history of these techniques and their creations are part of women's history. Lacemaking began In Italy and Belgium in the 1500’s. Crocheting was first recorded as a convent art. In the mid 19th century nuns began to teach destitute women the art of crochet as a way to make a product they could sell and thus feed their families. Ironically, crocheting doilies soon became one of the skills upper class women were taught and a mainstay in Victorian homes.
I have always been interested in this history and have my own collection of lace, doilies and historic journals with photos of lace patterns. When I first started creating my digital ovals and circles I was pleased to see the connection to the devalued artistry of women and the amazing abilities that women have always had and could have done much more with if they had been encouraged.  My work is an homage to all of those women and girls.
The new compositions I digitally create are printed on paper with a variety of mixed media: colored pencils, acrylic, gouache, flashe and ink.  Adding crystals, sequins and beads emphasizes the patterns in the prints and emphasizes  the genre of decorative art that women were allowed to partake in.  
The cellular shapes in all of my paintings, digital art and videos, echoing naturally occurring shapes, provide the rhythms of life and existence. Ultimately I strives for my work to be an expressive representation of nature’s beauty in its primary elements.