Knoxville-based artist, Lauren Lazarus, has produced a wide variety of art in recent years, ranging anywhere from vibrant alcohol ink paintings to larger than life abstracts. No matter the medium or size, she is passionate about her craft, always dreaming of new content with music and nature being a powerful driving force. Most recently, her realistic pet portraits with colorful backgrounds have been a crowd pleaser with clients who love their pets! In fact, the overwhelming response to the portrait she did of her own cat, Ziggy, is what helped launch her small pet portrait business. Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Committee and the Central Business Improvement District selected her design proposal for this year's holiday mural in downtown's Market Square. On a 16 x 40 foot wall, using a ladder, paint and lots of glitter, she enjoyed painting a whimsical display with layered ornaments floating through space to give onlookers a healthy dose of holiday cheer! It was a nice respite from the tedious and delicate task of placing whiskers on nearly 40 canvases. In 2018, Blank Magazine's readers poll voted her one of Knoxville's Best Artists. Combining two of her favorite things: music and art, she enjoyed working on murals for the Rhythm and Blooms music festival in Knoxville, as well as the Memphis in May music festival. To kick off the New Year, she collaborated with several other artists around the globe for the Idol Hands artist in residency program in Samara, Costa Rica in 2019. With their combined efforts, they painted a mural on an enormous community center wall to offer inspiration through art for locals and tourists. She plans to continue working on big murals projects while still focusing on gallery shows and exhibitions.