AU: You seem to make art of all things. Has it always been this way for you?
LP: I've known that I wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. Growing up as an only child with two hardworking parents, I learned to entertain myself with drawing. I spent many hours imagining new worlds for myself in the woods and in "secret" hideouts along the river by our rural log-cabin home. I didn't have a range of opportunities to study art formally near my town so I primarily taught myself to paint – pouring over a dusty book from my grandmother that was filled with paintings by the old masters.
I was first introduced to photography by my Dad when I was 12. He gave me a Nikon FM10 – I shot nearly every square inch of the property we lived on. I quickly learned to be watchful for nature’s subtle changes and light as each season came and went.