Laura McManus is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in painting. Her work combines color, form, texture, music, line, and movement. Each piece reflecting upon how each element relates to one another. Largely reactive, they are physical pieces. Laura’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe, Indonesia, Australia, and the Caribbean.
Laura is also a talented muralist and decorative wall finish artist, her mural work can be seen in Coastal Living Magazine for Walinikiti House, The House Without Walls on Scrub Island.
Laura’s paintings were mentioned in The Paris Review Online, in a series of essays by the author Kelly McMasters, Notes from a Bookshop, and most recently one of Laura’s unattributed images was shown in the October 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine .
Laura worked alongside designers at Hirsh Bedner Associates, in Atlanta to produce over 68 paintings for The Scrub Island Resort on Scrub Island. One of Laura’s paintings is in each of the Marina Suites at the resort.
Laura’s work is also represented on the island of Tortola in the BVI, by Jillian Dunlop at Huckster’s, Old Customs House, in Road Town, and can be seen there and at Frenchmans Resort at the West End of the island.
Laura McManus and her husband Jim now paint and reside in Hancock, NY on the Delaware River when they aren’t tripping down to the islands. You can view their works at The Camptons Art Studio and Gallery.
If in the islands please contact Jillian Dunlop, Old Customs House to see.
Jim McManus is a graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in Painting.
After college, Jim worked in architectural offices in Chicago and on Tortola in The British Virgin Islands where he and his family lived for many years. Jim and his brother Bob also owned and ran a popular restaurant called Donovan’s Reef on Scrub Island.
An appreciation for Art and Design was instilled in Jim early on by his father, Gene McManus, an Interior and Retail Designer. Jim has continued to develop a love for design and painting. The natural environment plays a key role in his works.
You will find that Jim has a designer’s eye when it comes to the way he plans and constructs his paintings. There is an architectural element to his drawing and use of color and collage. Jim’s collection of island works portray the “Island Lifestyle”. These works invoke happy memories of a visual paradise we all keep space for in our minds. Each piece gives the viewer a glimpse into the “weekend” life in the islands. If you enjoy the Caribbean, family, food, friends, and blue ocean, these paintings will keep a space warm for you.
On the other hand, Jim is also largely inspired by the Upper Delaware River area, the river and the lakes and scenery which this “northern paradise” provides. Jim’s family has been a part of this area since the 1800’s.
Jim’s work has been written about by the author Kelly McMasters in her series of essays Notes from a Bookshop in The Paris Review online.
Jim’s work can be seen on Tortola, BVI at Frenchmans Resort at the West End. He is currently represented on Tortola by Jillian Dunlop at Huckster’s, Old Customs House in Road Town.