From a young age, Laura West knew she wanted to be an artist – a purveyor of the beauty in life. However, she didn’t know what type of art she wanted to create.
Laura studied at Long Island University, C.W. Post campus, as a fine arts major. Unsatisfied with collegiate life, Laura attended Southeastern Travel Academy and then entered the corporate travel business, where she managed onsite operations at Salomon Brothers, CIGNA Worldwide, and other Fortune 500 Companies located in the tri-state area.
After seventeen years in the travel sector, a relocation to Florida in 1995, and a craving for a more creative job, Laura opened Mineral City, Ponte Vedra Beach’s finest home furnishings and gift boutique.
Laura traded her paint brushes and corporate job for fresh, elegant décor, and in doing so, found her niche in the art world.
Instead of painting or sculpting, Laura creates beautiful rooms, for which she finds inspiration in her vast travel and art background.
Laura also participates in numerous charity events, including chairing the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ 30th Anniversary Ball, “Egyptian Evening,” in 2007 and chairing decorations for Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Art & Antique Show, “Winter Wonderland,” in 2010.
In addition, Laura decorated rooms for The Jacksonville Symphony Guild’s Designer Show House in 2011 and the Riverside Avondale Preservation Society’s Designer Show House in 2014. Furthermore, Laura decorated for both years of The Florida Ballet’s “Ballet de Marais.”