Today, Lary paints from her home in Lake Highlands, in a studio over her garage. She typically works in pairs or groups, painting multiple pieces at a time; she says it helps her creatively. Smaller paper pieces or mini canvases generally take a few days to complete, while larger paintings can take weeks.
“I just kind of go at my own pace and let the movement and the colors tell me where to go,” Lary says. “I love being in color every day. It’s a great way for me to use all of my senses and put them into painting.
I usually start with an idea and almost 99% of the time I end up somewhere totally different than I was envisioning, but it’s usually always better.”
The bulk of Lary’s work is commissions, and she says she loves collaborating with clients. In addition to initial brainstorming and direction from a client about their custom piece, Lary gathers feedback as the piece progresses.
“With commissions, you have their story that you kind of paint into the canvas. It’s definitely a work that they’ve had some say in, and feel like it’s really, truly theirs,” she says. “I want everybody to be 100% happy with their pieces. I’m so honored when someone asks me to create something for them.”