Lauren Mantecon

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Oil | Acrylic | Mixed Media

When I was nine I would join my Mom with her local art chapter association in a shopping mall  in Miami, Florida. I would set up my slightly odd acrylic paintings of unrecognizable planets and  galaxies on canvas alongside the chapter members oil paintings of palm trees, nude studies and  sandy white beaches. 

I did not know it at the time, but that experience shaped the beginning of a life-long body of  work. Work that reaches to connect body/self with a mysterious universe. I blur boundaries of  perception as I search out unseen/seen links that weave humanity with the beyond. 

I work to capture the ethereal, to find the intelligence in aesthetic beauty, shape shifting  vibration, care taking light.

Artwork by Lauren Mantecon
Artwork by Lauren Mantecon
Artwork by Lauren Mantecon
Artwork by Lauren Mantecon
Artwork by Lauren Mantecon

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Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Studio Setup for Art Production


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique

Techniques To Deal With Creative Barriers



Artist Statement & CV


Shows and Exhibits


Marketing & Branding



Pricing Artwork


Approaching Galleries


Running your art business the day-to-day


Studio Time Management


Reaching Target Audience

For Emerging Artists

Am I An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.

Now you're ready to take it to the next level!


  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer

More than an Art Workshop


2-hr monthly
videoconference session with MASTER ARTIST, NAVIGATOR and small group

Practice-based HOMEWORK


Additional 1-hr session mid-month with NAVIGATOR and GROUP. Navigator permanently assigned to your group, accountable for your growth trajectory

CONFIDENTIAL discussion board for you and your group, with 24hr access to session RECORDINGS

CHOOSE a new Master Artist every 6 to 8 months to bring NEW EXPERTISE and SKILL TRAINING

About the Artist

Artwork by Lauren Mantecon

Lauren Mantecón, American abstract painter, was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1964 and  grew up moving between the east and west coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in  the middle. She earned her BA in conceptual photography from California State University,  Fullerton and her MFA from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  

Lauren’s work has been featured since 1990 in solo and group exhibitions in museums and  galleries throughout the USA and internationally. 

She has been the recipient of numerous awarded art residencies that include: Djerassi (Woodside,  California), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon), and Jentel (Banner, Wyoming). 

Lauren has been an educator of mixed media approaches to art for over twenty years, having  taught at University of Portland, Portland State University, and Santa Fe Community College,  and as a workshop instructor on the Alchemy of Mixed Media and Painting, focusing on  unconventional techniques to the creative process.  

Lauren currently lives, works, and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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