Lara Branca is a native Coloradoan, born in Denver in 1975. Her school-year, city upbringing was contrasted by summers spent at Girl Scout camp, where she developed a deep and abiding love for wilderness, the land, and horses. Her life has been shaped by a thirst for traveling and living in wild places, as well as an inclination to interpreting these experiences through dance and visual art.
Lara received her BA degree in Painting with Honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO in 2006, and earned a MFA degree in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2016. She currently lives and works in deep rural SW Colorado, where she pursues painting in-situ landscapes and horses.
Her current series fuses the elements of landscape and equine form into large scale abstracted equine oil paintings. Her shows in Colorado in 2016 included Sweet 11 Gallery in Durango, Olio in Mancos, The Farm Bistro in Cortez, as well as the RAW artists Denver event. In 2017 she is looking forward to the Conceptionarts show. She is seeking permanent gallery representation for her abstract work.