With a degree in studio arts in hand, Laurel moved to L.A. from Pittsburgh. She actually drove a cab for several years while pursuing her career in art. Soon she landed a job at Hanna-Barbera Studios as a cel painter and followed that up with 10 years painting animation cels for Warner Brothers, Chuck Jones, and many other studios. Since 1999 Laurel has been deliriously happy as an elementary school art teacher, currently working at Serrania Charter Elementary and giving private art lessons. Laurel is excited to return to the Summer Art Academy for her 9th summer!