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To my many friends around the world!

I would like to take a moment to wish you so much Love and Peace in 2015!  I am thrilled that once again I was included in the PEACE PROJECT’S traveling exhibition and that a print of my art work is available for sale to help with the good works that the PEACE PROJECT will accomplish in the future

During the past 5 years,  just a small bit of what the PEACE PROJECT has accomplished;

Designed a house that has around $500 in building materials and completed construction of our first community of 40 houses, plus communal restrooms, for those that lost everything in Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Continued to support the education of several dozen children in Sierra Leone.
  • Held The Peace Project’s 5th Annual Call for Artists and Traveling Exhibit.
  • Produced two outdoor art festivals “Affair of the Arts” in Culver City, California.
  • Opened six exhibits at The Whole 9 Gallery and hosted dozens of events designed to sell art, raise
         funds, build community and spark discussion of important social issues.
And these are only a few of their gifts to the world.  Please visit http://www.thewhole9.com and check out Peace Project.
LOVE creates PEACE Original acrylic by Laara WilliamSen

LOVE creates PEACE Original acrylic by Laara WilliamSen

It has been a full year for me of traveling, hosting workshops, painting and writing and I regret that I have not been in contact as often as I would like.  Please know that all of my Linkedin network members and friends are important to me and it is especially to you that I send my very best wishes for your happiness, success and much Love and Peace in 2015.


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


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Laara WilliamSen

New Dawn 2 -  Peace,  8 x 10 inches, oils

New Dawn 2 – Peace, 8 x 10 inches, oils

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Peace, Love and Understanding PEACE PROJECT EXHIBITION 2013 Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Thank you to all of my family members, to my wonderful friends on Linked in and to the friends I have in my everyday life!  You all make my days complete!  Without you I would not have the Love, Joy and Peace, that I experience in my life!

Early on, My Grandmother MacNaughton taught me to have Faith, Hope and Charity and she always told me that the greatest of these three is Charity!

Faith means to me never giving up and knowing that somehow we are all connected; one song, one breath, one heartbeat!

Hope is the essence of believing in miracles, knowing that the best will come.  It just has to!

Charity is sharing what I have with the world, freely, with a good feeling of doing the right thing!

I want you to know that I can’t keep this up every moment of every day!  But all throughout my life, during difficult times, circumstances have flipped around in my favor.  I just keep remembering to take it a day at a time and that things do change.  I am very, very lucky.  And I am very fortunate to have my family and to have met so many wonderful friends on Linked in, around the world and for the all of the amazing friends I have in my everyday life!

Thank you so much all of you!  I send you each of you my wish for you to have lots of  LOVE, JOY AND PEACE now and in 2014!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

6 RITES OF NATURE Original Acrylic Laara WilliamSen  2012 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

OLGA SANTOS GALLERY, Porto, Portugal on exhibition January 2013,
RITES OF NATURE 2, Original Acrylics 16 x 20 inches by Laara WilliamSen (C) copyrighted All Rights Reserved – I painted this with my fingers and visualizing a new beginning for 2013!

To all of my friends I wish you much PEACE, JOY and POSITIVE NEW BEGINNINGS IN 2013!

If I may ever be of assistance, please let me know!

Love and Light Laara WilliamSen


International professional painter

Born in New Westminster, B.C., May 15, 1946




2011 “Passages” Small Rituals Society, White Rock, B.C. Canada

2006 Canadian Association of Professional Speakers

at the Terminal City Club, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2005 “Retrospective,” Bringers of the Dawn Healing Art Society, White Rock, B.C., Canada

2001Tumbleweeds Gallery, White Rock, B.C., Canada

1998 Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1993 Wilson Creek Gallery, Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada

1992 “Rites of  Nature” Vancouver East Cultural Centre, curated, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1991 North Vancouver City Hall Concourse Gallery,

juried by the North Vancouver Arts Council, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1990 Sinclair Centre, Upper Galleria, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1990 Red Door Gallery, Britannia, B.C., Canada

1989 Women In Focus Alternative Art Space, collaborative performance & solo exhibit, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1988 “Inner Landscape” Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Concourse Gallery,Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1983 Hunter Art Gallery, curated, Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada




2012 Twitter Art Exhibition, in support of Street Youth, Los Angles, California, USA

2012 Peace Project “Make Peace” 2012 International selection as one of 156 touring exhibition artists

at these venues:

Deep Ellum ArtWalk, in Collaboration with 29Pieces.org, Dallas, Texas, USA, September 22

Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, New York, N.Y., USA, October 6

The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main Street, Culver City, CA, USA, October 13

“Affaire in the Garden,” Beverly Hills, CA, USA in collaboration with All Saints, October 20 & 21

Gallery Expo, in conjunction with Long Beach’ First Fridays, CA, USA, November 2nd

Showcase Gallery, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA, December 1

Art 4 All People, Malibu, California, USA, December 9

Swarm Gallery, 560 Second Street, Oakland, CA, USA, December

2012 Twitter Art Exhibition in support of The Women’s Shelter, Moss, Norway
2012 Aids Free by 2015, International Digital Quilt, http://www.2015quilt.com
2012 Project Smiles coordinated by Marek Wysoczynski, Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland

2012 “A Casa de Lage,” International Painting Exhibition curated by Francisco Lacerda

at Pestana Place, Lisbon, Portugal

2012 “Passages,” International painting exhibition curated by Francisco Lacerda

at Hotel  Cascais  Miragem, Portugal
2012 “Letters for Feminism International Exhibition”, International Art Works, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2011 “Drawing Connection International Exhibition,” Siena Art Institute, Paul Getty III Foundation, Siena, Italy
2011 “Tikkun Olam Collaborative  Grid,” at Alta Contemporary Art &  Industria Studios &

the Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
2011 Peace Project “Peace Rises 2011,” International selection as one of 150 touring exhibition artists

at these venues

Gallery 9, Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 22nd

EXPO Arts Center, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 4th

Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA November 9th

Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York, New York, USA December 1st

Showcase Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, USA, January 7th 2012

2011”Trees for Life,” International exhibition, “Out of the Blue Gallery,” 32-36 Dalmeny Street,

Edinburgh, Scotland
2011 “Symbiose  Zomer-Kunstfestival,” Breda De StadsGalerij, Oude Vest 34, Breda,

Netherlands 2011

2011 “Fiber Fusion International collaborative mural,” White Rock Museum and Archives,

White Rock, B.C. Canada
2011 “Project Smiles” coordinated by Marek Wysoczynski, Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and

Assistant, Sylvia Adjabroux, Professional Fine Artist, Region de Bordeaux, France
2010 Celebrity Auction, Semiahmoo Animal League Inc., Surrey, B.C., Canada

2010 Brooklyn Art Library, Permanent Collection, New York, NY, USA

2010 Morgan Crossing Group Exhibition, Surrey, B.C., Canada

2010 The Armory Exhibition, Pasadena, California, USA

2010 Artists for Freedom, Galileo Museum, Lennestadt, Germany

2010 Artists for Freedom, The Bensdorf Town Hall,  Bensdorf, Germany

2010 International  Contemporary Art,  London, United Kingdom

2010 Twitter Art & Social Media Group Exhibition, juried, held at the

Diane Farris Gallery, West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2009 Infusion Gallery, juried, Hilo, Hawaii, USA

2007 Vancouver East Cultural Centre,

group exhibition benefit for The Humane Society of B.C., Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2006 Artsolutely Fabulous, juried, White Rock Arts Council, White Rock, B.C., Canada

2001, 2000 Artropolis exhibition, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1997, 1996 West Vancouver Optimists Annual juried exhibition, West Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1988 Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Graduation Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1986 “International Annual Spiritual Art Exhibition,” juried, Sheridan Landmark, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1986, 1985 “Arts Alive,” Surrey Art Centre, juried exhibition, Surrey, B.C., Canada

1984 Hunter Gallery, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada

1979, 1977, 1976, 1974 “Annual Women’s Exhibition juried,” Brackendale Gallery,  Brackendale, B.C., Canada

1976, 1975 Langley Arts Council, annual juried group exhibition, Langley, B.C., Canada

1975 Surrey Arts Centre, group exhibition, Surrey, B.C., Canada




2012 Peace Project “Make Peace”


International selection from 500 entries,

as one of 156 touring exhibition artists

at these venues:

Deep Ellum ArtWalk, in Collaboration with 29Pieces.org, Dallas, Texas, USA, September 22

Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, New York, N.Y., USA, October 6

The Whole 9 Gallery, 3830 Main Street, Culver City, CA, USA, October 13

“Affaire in the Garden,” in Collaboration with All Saints, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, October 20 & 21



2011 Peace Project “Peace Rises

International selection as one of 150 from over 500 entries,

as one of 150 touring exhibition artists

at these venues;

Gallery 9, Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 22nd 2011

EXPO Arts Center, Long Beach, CA, USA, November 4th 2011

Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA, November 9th 2011

Aperture Gallery, New York, New York, USA December 2011

Showcase Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, New York, January 7th 2012

1989 International Artitudes Competition

curated  by

Gallery 54, SoHo, New York, New York, USA.

Received one of the top ten International Painting Awards

Juried by:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Lynn Warren, Curator, Chicago, USA

The Fogg Art Museum, Judy Neiswander, Curator, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Guild Hall Museum, Helen Harrison, Curator, East Hampton, New York

1987 The B.C. Cultural Fund Scholarship, Presented by Jack Shadbolt, International painter born in Canada

at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

1986 The B.C. Post Secondary Scholarship presented by Alan Barclay, President of Emily Carr University of Art        & Design, awarded by the British Columbia government, Victoria, B.C., Canada


1984 – 1988 EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Graduated with an Interdisciplinary Major

1973 KWANTLEN COLLEGE, Surrey, B.C., Canada

Part time studies; graphic design, Surrey Campus, B.C.

1972 DOUGLAS COLLEGE, Surrey, B.C., Canada

Part time studies; life drawing and creative writing, Surrey Campus, B.C.

1967 – 1969 ROBERT E. WOOD, British born, International painter, 1967 to 1969

Part time oil painting studio classes, New Westminster, B.C. Canada and North Vancouver, B.C. Canada



AASNouTec Association for Arts, Science & New Technology               

Place Philadelphe Thomas, 81600 Gaillac, France.

                 Honorary Member since 2010 to present

The Bringer of the Dawn Healing Art Society

Johnston Road, White Rock, B.C., Canada

Founding Member, President 2 years and active member

from 2004 to 2007

The Seven Levels Art Society

East 1st Street, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Founding Member, President 1 year and active member

1992 to 1993

The Society for Creative Development

264 East 24th Street, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Founding Member, President 2 years and active member

from  1989 to 2000

Windsor House Alternative School Parents Society

Lonsdale & 14th Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

President 1990 to 1991, Active member 1988 to 1992

The Easy Does It Club

Scott Road, North Delta, B.C. Canada

Founding Member, Secretary 2 years and active member

From 1975 to 1984


International Contemporary Art, London, UK 2010

Infusion Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii, USA 2009

Tumbleweeds Gallery, White Rock, B.C., Canada 2001

Wilson Creek Gallery, Davis Bay, Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada 1992 – 1994

Vancouver East Cultural Center, East First Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada 1992

Gallery Rochon, 80 Spadina Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1990 – 1991

Gallery 54, SoHo, New York, New York, USA 1989

Hunter Gallery, Gibsons, Sunshine Coast, B.C., Canada 1983

Brackendale Gallery, Brackendale, B.C., Canada 1974

Over 70 one person exhibitions and 80 group exhibitions.

Full c.v. available upon request.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my curriculum vitae.

CONTACT Laara WilliamSen , International professional painter at

EMAIL: laara63@gmail.com

MAIL:  #336 – 12882 – 26th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. Canada, V4P 1R9

TELEPHONE: CANADA 604 560 4269

ART WEBSITES: http://laarawilliamsen.yolasite.com



PROFILE: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/laarawilliamsen

We’ve secured a date in New York — December 1st at the Aperture Gallery. 
Last year’s New York event was amazing and we hope to repeat that this
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York



I am thrilled to be chosen as one of 150 exhibitors for PEACE RISES!  Opening tonight!  Tonight, I will be very cosy here in rainy B.C. by the ocean and I will be at the Opening in spirit!

Very best wishes to all exhibitors!  Laara WilliamSen International professional painter!

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Thanks so much!

I recently heard about TheWhole9.com and Founder, Lisa Schultz`amazing effort to bring The Peace Project 2011 into the world community. I am thrilled to be a contributing artist and one of the top selected artists. Please visit and consider a donation that will help provide crutches for amputees in Sierra Leone. http://www.thepeaceproject.com/operation-rise.php


inside my eye 
there is a place of infinite Peace 
through the mist rising in the light 
of the new moon
we can dance 
to the same ancient and future desires 
we are the earth and stars 
one heartbeat, one breath, one song 

we are Peace rising

Author: Laara WilliamSen

Laara WilliamSen original oil PEACE RISES cropped square from 20 x 24 inches MOONLIGHT IN THE TREES (C) 2011 All Rights Reserved except for the Whole 9 exhibition Peace Rises.

The image submitted for Peace Rising is cropped to a square from an oil painting on canvas titled “Moonlight in the Trees.” Sized 20 x 24 inches. Laara WilliamSen International professional painter, author Vancouver, B.C. Canada http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=1306
Laara WilliamSen


Many thanks to Mari-Lyn Harris who earlier this month e-mailed me to let me know that I was this months winner of a Free Video.  She did a beautiful job of composing my images and information and even dubbed in music.  I am SO thrilled about this.  It is a dream come true!  PLEASE JUST PRESS THE LINK Talk Fusion Studio UTC. TO SEE THE VIDEO.  PLEASE.

I have been struggling to figure out how to have the video upload directly to my blog but alas my learning curve is cramped up and all I get so far is the link!  It is really is beautiful to watch and it is only 40 seconds long!  I hope you enjoy the video.

And my heartfelt thanks to Mari-Lyn Harris!

Mari-Lyn has coached and mentored 100’s of small business owners since 1994 when she co-wrote “Build Your Own Business” with Ann Peters.  As a Relationship Marketing Specialist, Mari-Lyn helps you retain your clients, get new ones, enhance communication and brand you.  She is flexible, easy to work with, creative and great at Strategic planning. Mari-Lyn offers a wealth of workshops and webinars and she is passionate about making a difference so that others can Pay It Forward!

To get connected and transform your business today

Contact Mari-Lyn Harris – t: 510 564 7880   http://heartatworkonline.org


Laara WilliamSen


Children Peace Painting Competition:

During the 21 days of peace activism, a peace painting campaign for primary school going learners will be conducted targeting worst war affected communities. The purpose of this painting competition is to let children tell their story about the war through painting.

AFRICA YOUTH MINISTRIES is a  Child and Youth focused non profit, who will be working with war affected Children, conducting a children’s painting competition on peace as we mark the Global Peace Day 21st September 2010. They are looking for donations of children’s painting materials. For details on this event, visit their weblink below:-

For any feedback, please contact Albert at  global.peaceday@aymu.org

Let’s see if we can help by sending some paper and crayons!

All the best

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter


New Dawn 2 - Peace, 8 x 10 inches, oils

I am thrilled that my artwork that was in the exhibition of Artists for Freedom, held in Galileo Museum, Germany from May 29th to June 27th has been selected to tour and the painting “Young Girl Alone” is now on exhibit at the TOWN HALL, Bensdorf, Germany until the end of July, 2010.  I have offered two more art works for sale with 50% being donated to Artists for Freedom.  Above is New Dawn 2 – Peace.  Below is New Dawn 1 – Love.  They work as a dyptich and I was suprised and pleased that the two painting can be hung from either side and they still work together!

Painted in oils, 8 x 10 inches, gallery stretched canvas, edges painted.

New Dawn 1, Love

 Both paintings are 8 x 10 inches, on gallery stretched canvas with painted edges.  50 % of the proceeds from sales of either or both of these paintings goes to Artists for Freedom; an artist alliance that is fighting to end child slavery and human trafficing.  The price is set at 320 Euros each.  Contact Artists for Freedom to enquire about purchasing.  Here is the link that will take you to their gallery where you can view all of the art works available as well as “Young Girl Alone!”


If you have any questions you may contact me directly at laara63@gmail.com

Shipping is additional.


This weekend I spent time at the White Rock Social Justice Film Festival near Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Wow, these films were really an eye opener.

The first film titled “Food Inc.” has rocked me to my roots. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of eating locally and watching what I purchase. But no wait, there is DEFINITELY more I can do!  The film points out that five major companies control the products on our supermarket shelves.  The vast branding and product lines are there to give us choice but it’s really the same companies just repackaging the goods.  Alarmingly the fact is corn syrup and soya are present in 98% of all products on the shelves, but there are many names for them so we can’t easily see this.  Obviously it would be wonderful if Health Canada would label all foods with Genetically Modified Organisms so we could choose.  What’s this you say?  What is a Genetically Modified Organism?  Also know as GMO’s these began to come onto the market in 2002 and were in about 10% of our products on grocery shelves.  This has escallated without our awareness.  Sometime ago Monsanto, a company, patented “life.”  That is they altered a seed genetically and patented it.  Wrong.  We should not be patenting “life.”  Life should be a free condition for humans, plants animals.  But comodification of cattle, chickens and hogs has also created a huge manufacturing production processing en mass which means that the hamburger one may eat at a fast food restaurant actually came from hundreds of cattle.  Disgusting.  Especially the images of the conditions they are raised in. 

Back to GMO’s for a moment.  Foods with GMO’s actually contain pesticide and can contain DNA from animals.  It is a human experiment and we have some idea now that due to the increased use of corn syrup in almost everything 1 out of 3 Americans will develop diabetes.  1 out of 2 indiginous peoples will develop diabetes.  So if the growers are feeding the cattle CORN, Oh my gosh, then if I eat beef I’m eating GMO’s.  Yikes.   Screeeeech…..I think I may become a vegetarian AND I’M DEFINITELY GOING TO SPEND A LITTLE MORE AND PURCHASE ONLY ORGANIC AND LOCAL FOODS!

I really miss the farm.  It was so very simple.  Grampa milked the cow and we had wonderful fresh cream.  I’ll never forget the taste of warm cream on my porridge early in the morning.  Mom and Dad grew a vegetable garden and Mom canned and froze everything so we had plenty of fresh and wholesome food all year round.  I’m going to plant a balcony garden this year and help my friend with her garden as well.  I may drive out to the Valley and find some organic berries and freeze them.  Last year, I froze a few bags of fresh organic blueberries and they were wonderful!

The last film was “Playing for Change!” If you haven’t heard them it is soooo worth it. You can visit their website http://playingforchange.org  

Sort of affirms my singing for peace. I heard this over and over again in the film, that when we sing we are peaceful and happy. The film documented a group of literally poverty stricken villagers who began to make music and people came out of their lean tos and began to sing and dance.  And so many others all around the world all singing the same songs.  “Stand by Me.”  “Let there be Love.”  “No more War.”  Both the passion and the quiet dignity of the singers touched my heart.   There is something about just beating on a drum, the resonance can connect us to the earth, I believe.  There is something about singing a note, an aaaaah note can open the heart!  Let’s keep on singing for peace! (And PLEASE LET’S watch what we eat!)  Thanks for dropping by!

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