2003 BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

1998 Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Selected Exhibitions

2020 Spring, Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA, New Work

2018 Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA, AnimalAnimalAnimal!

2016 Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA, Unraveling Alexander’s Band

2015 Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA, At Mount Meru

2015 The Slaughterhouse, Healdsburg, CA, The Battle of Mara

2014 Jeff Alan Gard Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Mise-en-scènes

2013 Perdita Productions, Geyserville, CA, Out Come the Divs!

2010 Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, New Work

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA, à la prochaine

2019 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA Here!

2019 Art Flow, Costa Rica, Art Fair

2017 Sonoma Valley Museum, Sonoma, CA, Pairings

2017 SFAC, San Francisco, CA, Not Alone

2016 Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Into the Woods

2016 Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA, Sunny

2015 Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, CA, Here!

2011 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA, EVA Awards

2006 Hang Art, San Francisco, CA, Wish

Honors and Awards

2011 visiting artist, AICAD's NY Studio DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

2010 artist grant, Community Foundation Sonoma

2001 artist grant, Gelman Travel and Study Grant for Art and Design

2000 artist grant, Buckley Endowed Grant for Scholastic Achievement

Selected Media and Publication

Allison McCarthy, “Catalina Marin Brings Luxury to Her Designs,” Luxe Magazine, May 2018

“Animal Animal Animal!: Exhibition Catalogue,” 2018

Melissa Stern, “Peace and Grief in the Art of US Veterans,” Hyperallergic, Feb 2017

Kimberly Chun, “Healdsburg Hip and Hot,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 2016

“Unraveling Alexander’s Band: Exhibition Catalogue,” 2016

Annie Tittiger, “Not Your Middle School Haunted House,” San Francisco Magazine, Oct 2015

Dani Burlison, “Magical Mistress of Visual Whimsy,” Petals and Bones, 2011

“Sonoma County Emerging Artists Awards: Exhibition Catalogue,” Community Foundation Sonoma, 2011

Dani Burlison, Gretchen Giles, and Gabe Meline, “Emerging Visions,” The Bohemian, Jan 2010

“Studio Visit,” New American Paintings, Volume 11, 2010


Laine was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1981, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. Designated a troubled teen, she was sent to CEDU in Northern Idaho, a Synanon offshoot, behavior modification boarding school, and is a survivor of “tough love education”. She studied life drawing at Pacific Northwest College of Art, then painting and sculpture at Pratt Institute School of Fine Arts, Brooklyn, and Lucca, Italy, graduating with a BFA in painting in 2003.

Laine works in a wide variety of media and formats, such as oil painting, paper, accordion books, scroll painting, animations, fabric collage, children’s literature, and small sculptures. Her work has been exhibited individually and in group exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Santa Fe, and Costa Rica — most recently at Berkeley Art Center, Jules Maeght Gallery, and Gallery Lulo. Laine and her husband live in Northern California with their pug Bernie. 


Artist Statement

My favorite word of the moment is pareidolia: the tendency to perceive specific, often meaningful images in a random or ambiguous visual pattern—finding shapes in clouds with your best friend, or saying hello to the man in the moon.  Bright moments, dark moments with their vast tangles and chaos, provide opportunities to explore and discover - for the observation that life is delicate, nuanced, and changeable.  Asking "what do I see?" is a simple question with endless answers.

I make oil paintings dense with detail and tactile qualities such as mini mosaic, gold leaf, and raw pigment; 60 foot long line drawings on mulberry scrolls using markers, dye, and batik techniques; collages of recycled paper and fabric; large watercolors; graphite drawings; accordion books; illuminated manuscripts and stories for children; murals; and small sculptures. I love making marks and asking myself, “what do I see now? how many creatures are in there?”