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Meet an artist who paints in reverse

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BRISTOL, Vt. -

Stephanie Larson likes to paint in reverse in her Bristol studio for her business, Larson Folk Art.

Reporter Gina Bullard: How did you get into reverse glass painting?

Larson: Something my husband taught me.

Larson creates folksy designs with bold acrylic colors, but she doesn't start with the background like most artists. She works in reverse.

"In an oil painting on canvas you would start with the background and work with the foreground. With this you have to do all the fine details first and the last thing is the background," said Larson.

Her pieces range in price from $400 to $500.

"There's a luminosity that comes through the painting that you don't get with any other surface," said Larson.

Larson began up cycling old wood framed windows five years ago, but has always been creative. "I think it really saved me in many ways," said Larson.

Art was her outlet when she was dealing with domestic abuse. "When I was going through my domestic abuse that saved my sanity many days. It was a place for me to disappear and create," said Larson.

She's happy and out of that situation now and still loves her quiet time painting. "The great thing about doing art is you don't think," said Larson.

Her designs are influenced by her time living in Ukraine. "I loved the vibrancy of the colors and geometric shapes and the beauty of the art," said Larson.

It's hard to miss the touch of the Green Mountains that makes up much of each piece. "And then I just put my own whimsical spin on it," said Larson.

Working in reverse to create Made in Vermont art that's just the right way for some people.

More information about Larson's Folk art can be found here.

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