Laura Ann Hartwick (67) July 24, 1955 - August 18, 2022
Born July 24th 1955, Laura was a compassionate, strong-willed, wild-spirit through and through. She was born in Michigan, lived in Minnesota as a child, and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She stayed in the DC Metro area raising a family of four, fun-loving children. As a child, Laura’s Mother was an artist and elementary school teacher, her father a forest ranger and a poet, both of which taught her a love of art and nature. She grew up the eldest of four siblings, David, Scott, and Kathy. As a child, Laura enjoyed ballet and horseback riding.
In her youth, Laura attended McLean High School where she became the editor of the Art & Literary magazine, the Tartan, and an award-winning artist, receiving the National Scholastic Art Awards Portfolio, Gold Key awards, and Merit Art awards. While in High School, she begun working as a sign painters apprentice for Tom Woods Associates, which kicked off her professional career in graphic arts & design that would go on for over four decades.
Laura continued her studies taking fine arts and graphic design at NVCC, receiving honorable mentions in student art competitions, and studied Sociology at GMU, where she assisted the Art Department with creating posters for visiting artist shows. She enrolled in calligraphy in adult education and attended private seminars with the renowned calligraphist, Sheila Waters. Even in her youthful days, Laura developed a fierce passion for politics and standing up for causes she believed in like environmental protection, human rights, and worker empowerment. She participated in demonstrations for women’s rights, black power, and earth day and against the Vietnam war, and the draft, among others.
In 1983, she met Michael Hubbard and together they had four children: Alek (1986), Sophia (1987), Anna (1987), and Isaac (1989.) She was a devoted mother and later, a very proud grandmother of Joseph Hartwick (2019.) Laura was a matriarch of the family and beautifully molded the lives around her the way she molded her art into masterpieces. Laura taught her children, when you fall, get up and aways keep dancing. In her long and prolific professional career, Laura found ways to express her artistic talents working in sign making, painting, silk-screening, graphic design, product merchandising, floral arranging, lettering, and calligraphy.
After raising a family, Laura rekindled her artistic interest working with drawing, painting, pastels, and calligraphy, but her main interest was mosaic assemblage, using repurposed substrates found in junk shops yard sales and natural materials such as shells, stone, found vintage jewelry beads. Laura generously shared her art with family, which are pieces they treasure dearly. Her art has also been displayed in Falls Church, and the greater Washington area.
Laura Ann Hartwick, 67, passed on August 18, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her father, Robert Allen Hartwick and Mother, Anna Irene Hartwick. She is survived by her four children, Alek, Sophia, Anna, and Isaac, her grandson Joseph, her brothers David and Scott, her sister Kathy, her nieces, nephews, and grand-niece, and her common-law spouse, Michael Hubbard.
For those who feel called, the family is asking you donate to a charity of your choice in Laura’s honor. She was active with the following groups: Arbor Foundation, Falls Church Arts,
A Memorial Tree was planted for Laura
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