Capturing personality is Laura’s pet subject

Laura Gambino

Aristotle stated ‘the aim of art is to present not the outward appearance of things but their inner significance.’ Anne Bannister meets a Derbyshire animal portrait artist who does just that.

FOR LAURA GAMBINO, that ‘inner significance’ is the most important aspect of her work. Not satisfied with creating a perfect physical likeness, she strives to capture some of their spirit and, judging by the emotional responses of hundreds of patrons over the years, she succeeds time and time again…