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Laura DeRuyter was born in Rotterdam, Holland and moved to Seattle when she was a teenager with her mother and father, cycling champion of the Netherlands, Wim deRuyter.

Working in pastels or oils, DeRuyter captures the soul of her subjects, whether human or animal, through her unique use of light and her ability to reach deep into the eyes of her subject. DeRuyter has focused on portraiture - adults, children, and animals. Her works have been commissioned by numerous and varied groups from bankers in Geneva, Switzerland and studios in Los Angeles to private celebrities. Her illustrations appear in schoolbooks and in films such as "Beethoven" (Universal Studios).

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DeRuyter has been interviewed for the Seattle-based Channel 13 arts program and featured in the Tolucan, Canyon Crier, and Valley Life. Her paintings have been exhibited in a solo showing at the Toluca Lake Country Club.

DeRuyter studied art at the University of Washington and privately in Holland with the Dutch painter Hank Spetter, court painter for the Queen of the Netherlands, House of Orange.

DeRuyter now lives in Los Angeles where she is surrounded by her beloved parrots, dogs, and garden.



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